The Lazy Seagull - A beautiful children's picture book for 2 to 6 year olds
The Lazy Seagull
The Lazy Seagull - What's it about?
The Lazy Seagull is a children's picture book about a young seagull who becomes separated from his mum but is too lazy to get out of his nest to feed himself. The little animals and birds offer him what they eat but being a fussy bird he only want 'little silverfish, brought by his Mum'. But sitting doing nothing becomes a dangerous choice when being shown the menu changes to being on the menu.
The story begins with excitement as Lazy, complete with nest, is whisked from his cliff top perch by a storm and dumped in an empty town car park. Lazy being young, inexperienced and well, lazy, continues to sit in his nest as if nothing has happened, expecting him Mum to turn up with his breakfast of little silver fish, as per usual. When Mum doesn't show he begins to get hungry and the local residents take pity on him offering a share of their own favourite things to eat. The Blackbird offers a worm, the Sparrows their seeds and a French Hedgehog (artistic licence!) even offers him a slug. He rudely turns his beak up at all offers, even a battered fish thrown away by a passer by.
Matters take a turn for the worse when a hungry fox shows up and instead of rooting through the garbage decides a meal of 'warm, juicy seagull' would be much better. Some seagulls come to Lazy's aide and chase off the fox. The seagulls try to persuade Lazy to share the fox's garbage but he's still holding out for fish from his mum.
The game is up for Lazy when he's forced to take to the air or be trampled under the feet of young boys playing football. To his great surprise, flying is easy and natural, he can even see his Mum searching for him and all is well for a happy ever after ending with a cheeky twist.
The Lazy Seagull - Who is it for?
The Lazy Seagull is brightly illustrated with contemporary colours and style and would suit ages from two to six. At the younger end it makes a very good book to read to youngsters as they can follow the story with the pictures.
The book is ideal for any gender, race or creed.
The Lazy Seagull - style, moral and message
The tale is told in rhyme, with humour and wit. Children love repetition and when Lazy refuses the offerings of the local animals, the creatures repeat the line, “We never thought that we would meet a seagull who doesn't fly or eat”. The animals then make their own particular sound and if children are following along they can tweet like a sparrow, squeak like a mouse or squark like a seagull.
There is a diversity message that infuses the narrative, in that not everyone likes the same thing or behaves the same way, but that's okay. The Lazy Seagull also has a moral in that sooner or later we all have to grow up, and accept that sometimes, circumstances beyond our control will affect our lives and that we have to find a way to change and move on and be happy.
The Lazy Seagull - the backstory
The authors live close to a Masonic Temple which is closed up in the summer months. One day a young seagull appeared, sitting in the corner of the car park near the fence separating the car park from the road. They didn't take much notice of it at first, but after he had been there a week and hadn't moved, their interest was sparked. They started to speculate as to why he was there and why didn't he fly away. Was he injured? Was he lazy? Was he lost? People began to throw him scraps of food but he didn't seem too interested. There was a worry that he may be attacked by a fox. There were several in the neighbourhood at the time. Then one day he was gone. Perhaps he'd just needed a little time to get ready to fly, who know's?
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Kids picture book readable on Phones, Tablets, PC, Laptops, but not the basic Kindles. Suitable for 2-6 year olds.
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