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Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam (2006)

by David Wiesner

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Almost the same concept as "The Red Book," except with a camera. A child finds a camera at the beach and creates another world through the pictures from the camera. Beautifully illustrated.
  SRThompson | Sep 8, 2014 |
In this story, we see a boy who has his binoculars, magnifying glass, and microscope. He is ready to explore while his parents read on the beach. The boy sees a crab and is lying on his stomach examining the crab, when a big wave comes over him. As the wave goes back into the ocean, the boy notices that the wave brought an old looking underwater camera to the shore. He shows his parents and they show the lifeguard to see if he knew who it belongs to and the lifeguard did not. The boy looks at the camera and notices that there is film left in there. The boys gets the film developed , buys new film for the camera, and looks at the pictures back at the beach. He sees red fish, another he sees some other type of sea animal seating on couches, he sees a sea turtle and on top of his shell is sea shells that are homes for the sea creatures, aliens having fun, starfish, and lastly he sees a picture of a girl. The girl is holding a picture of another boy, who is holding a picture of another boy. He looks at the pictures with his microscope. He notices that the pictures go back years in time. There are black and white photos of children that seem to go back to the 1800's. It appears that all of these children have found the camera and taking pictures of themselves. The boy realizes that he needs to do the same. He takes his picture holding the picture of the girl. He then throws the camera back into the ocean. The book then shows the camera traveling with animals and a bird carries the camera to another area of the ocean and drops it. The book ends showing a girl finding the camera along the shore.

My reaction: I enjoyed this book. This book kept me wondering what was going to happen. I had no idea of how this story was going to end.

Classroom Extension ideas:

1. In the classroom, I would have the students draw and use paints to design underwater sea creatures.
2. I would take pictures of the students next to a tree on the school property and as the seasons change take another picture of the students holding the picture that was taken the first time. The kids can see how the season change from last season.
  AmberDimmitt | Sep 6, 2014 |
An inquisitive boy likes to observe things he finds while he's at the beach. A large wave washes up an old underwater camera. He develops the film he finds in it and puts in a new roll, too. He finds some unbelievable pictures of mechanical fish, lounging octopus, a puffer fish hot air balloon, sea turtles with seashell cities on their backs, LGMs, island-backed starfish, and a photo of a girl holding a picture within a picture, within a picture, etc. Confused, he uses his magnifying glass and microscope to inspect the progressively smaller pictures until he can see the very first boy. He takes a picture of himself holding the the photo, and tosses the camera back into the ocean. It is carries away by many sea creatures, across the oceans, and washes up on a tropical island for a curious young girl.
  joycecafe | Aug 13, 2014 |
Fantastic illustrations of above and underwater worlds. An interesting story of discovery and communication that attentive readers can deduce from the beautiful detailed drawings. Tests powers of observation and would be great for use in an art class.
  Ms.Kunz | Aug 3, 2014 |
I loved how this book was presented: as a wordless picture book about photographs, each illustration/story pane seemed to replicate a photo in an album. I can't help but think of the quote "one man's trash is another man's treasure!" ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jul 27, 2014 |
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LIB 428/Lawson Desc. - This book doesn't need words to make its impact. It's clear through its amazing illustrations that the boy who has gone to the beach to explore has certainly come across something extraordinary. I enjoyed how the emotion of the discovery came through in the chronological account as the boy sort of lives in the world of the images he comes across for a bit. This book might be a great use in the classroom in that children may not be used the whole book without words concept and would create great dialogue in a question and answer forum in that a teacher could ask children what the boy has found, what he is doing - and what he might do next.
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A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep.

In each of his amazing picture books, David Wiesner has revealed the magical possibilities of some ordinary thing or happening--a frog on a lily pad, a trip to the Empire State Building, a well-known nursery tale. This time, a day at the beach is the springboard into a wildly imaginative exploration of the mysteries of the deep, and of the qualities that enable us to witness these wonders and delight in them.

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The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.

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