Come Away from the Water, Shirley, Paperback

Come Away from the Water, Shirley Paperback

Illustrated by John Burningham

3.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


On a day trip to the seaside Mum and Dad settle down in their deckchairs to snooze the day away while for Shirley it is a chance to set sail for uncharted seas, adventure and buried treasure.

But not before her Mum has warned her off the dangers of tar, stray dogs and cold water...With the alternative pictures giving both sides of the story, children and adults alike will appreciate the humour and observations from this well known children's author.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780099899402



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On a family trip to the beach one day, Shirley and her parents have a different perspective on what to do. Shirley's mother and father sit up on the beach in their chairs while shirley goes off and does her own thing. During this time she sets off on a magical adventure involving pirates, danger, and of course treasure. This book provides two different view points about the same day. Get book for imagination and a story for children to act out.

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Shirley and her parents take a trip to the beach one day. But shirley and her parents have an entirely different perspective on what to do. While Shirley's parents are sitting on their chairs on the beach Shirley ventures off. During this time she goes on a magical adventure with pirates, danger, and lots of treasure! This book has two stories occuring at one time. This is a great book for young children because it gives them a chance to use their imagination.

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This is a great book about a imaginative girl and her family and their trip to the beach. I like this book because the story is humorous and the imagination that is contained in the book and I would use this as a recreational book in my classroom. This book is suitable for the grades 2 and 3 and the main theme is imagination.

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I love books that are set up like this, where the words tell a completely different story than the illustrations. Burningham does multiple of books in this format and they are so enjoyable. I think kids would get an absolute kick out of this book, especially because it is one they can relate to. I bet kids would make connections with being supervised by a parent or sitter, but not really being supervised! I would definitely use this book with my Kindergarten boys to teach comprehension strategies like, "Use the Pictures".

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Like "Time to Get Out of the Bath, Shirley," this book alternates Shirley's wordless imagination with her mom's narration of the mundane. Great for an interactive read-aloud.

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