Friday, July 8, 2011

Come Away From the Water, Shirley

We were recently at the beach with some visiting Tennessee cousins who couldn't get enough of the ocean.  Though I love to doze under the umbrella and bring a book or two, I also love to play.  I'm pretty good at making 'drippy castles', finding mole crabs and body surfing in the waves.

John Burningham 1992

I think this book is so funny.  It's exactly what kids think-  boring old parents just sitting on the beach while they are off having adventures.  Shirley's parents leisurely sit on the sand telling her what not to do, meanwhile she's out getting captured by pirates, walking the plank, fighting and running off with the pirate flag and finding buried treasure.  

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