On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: At the end of this book, there is a section that shows the animals and that were featured in the story. It was a wonderful connection between the cartoon illustrations and the real-life animal. My daughter made me read that section twice because she loved it so much!

How I Felt: This was a somewhat short book without an enormous plot, however, it was very impactful. The boy that is trying to get the star fish works so hard to save it, and I did not realize it was still alive! At the end, he is able to return it to the ocean, and I was so pleased. It was a good lesson about doing the right thing for another.

To Read or Not to Read: Any child would enjoy this book. It’s good for pre-k through early elementary. The section in the back showing the real animals would make a great discussion for a classroom.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

A young boy finds a star fish on the beach. As he goes to pick it up, a seagull swoops down and snatches it from him. The boy works so hard, struggling with the seagull and his seagull friends to save this star fish. During this adventure, the boy encounters a variety of birds and crabs, as well as those pesky seagulls. He is able to save the star fish, which is very lovingly returns to the water.

Where to Find This Book:

Cornell Lab Publishing Group donates 35% of net proceeds from the sale of their titles directly to the Cornell Lab to support projects such as children’s educational and community programs.



Author’s Links:

Author’s Website




I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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