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Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam (2006)

by David Wiesner

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This is a really imaginative story that shares a new perspective about what mysteries the ocean holds. While spending time on a beach, looking closely at crabs, a boy is suddenly swept off his feet by a wave...a wave that also brings with it an underwater camera. The boy runs the camera to a one-hour photo shop and has the film developed. The images depict a surprising view of life under the sea, including robotic fish, an octopus' living room, puffer fish hot air balloons, small cities on sea turtle backs, aliens visiting the depths of the ocean and more. Included is a photo of a little girl, holding a picture that also shows another child holding a picture. Looking closely at the pictures within the picture, the boy is transported to a time long-gone. Inspired by this, he puts a new roll of film in the camera, takes a picture of himself holding the photo of the girl and tosses the camera back into the ocean.
  LStephens | Aug 14, 2015 |
PIC, pictures, camera, wordless
  prichter | Aug 3, 2015 |
Again, Wiesner bends young minds with fantastical images like a clockwork fish swimming alongside normal fish and sea turtles with entire civilizations inhabiting their barnacle-encrusted shells. He delights in exploring the infinite, and he gives the reader the chance to look alongside the boy who is looking at the photo under a microscope. Children will enjoying coming to realize that the photo of a photo of a photo stretches on seemingly to infinity, even as the boy in the story does as well.
  amandahnorman | Jul 20, 2015 |
Caldecott Medal 2007, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2006, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 2006, ALA Notable Children's Book 2007. No written text. Great for story-boarding.
  CindyMcClain | Jul 15, 2015 |
quite possibly my favorite picture book ever. ( )
  iamryancorcoran | May 12, 2015 |
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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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