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Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam (2006)

by David Wiesner

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quite possibly my favorite picture book ever. ( )
  iamryancorcoran | May 12, 2015 |
A+ With elements of out-of-this-world fantasy and imagination, captured in vivid, non-threatening illustrations, this book is perfect for younger kids to look through.
  burtmiller | May 6, 2015 |
As cliche as it is to say, a picture is worth a thousand words. This book did not have a single word, which was overwhelming as a "reader". However, after looking into it...there was no need for words. This fantasy picture book presents the reader with a plot, a main character, and an overall storyline to follow. All without the use of words. It opened the readers mind and gave the reader the liberty to form their own meaning and discoveries. The book is about a little boy who finds a camera that has been lost in the ocean. After having the pictures developed, he is able to explore what occurs deep in the ocean, as well as realize that he is not the first to have found this floating camera. The illustrations are beautiful, bright, and colorful. They also pave way for the use of imagination. I could see this being useful in a classroom where students may not yet be fluent readers, because they would be able to get just as much out of the book as anyone else. ( )
  agates5 | May 4, 2015 |
Beautiful book! It challenges students using just pictures. Student would be very engaged in everything that is happening in the story.
  kes030 | Apr 30, 2015 |
Summary: A boy is busy finding different treasures on the beach. When he reaches down to pick something up, he gets hit by a big wave. He wakes up on the beach with an old-fashioned camera laying beside him. He decides to take the film in to the store to see what kind of pictures have been taken and discovers magnificent pictures of things in the ocean that he had never dreamt of.

Personal reflection: This was one of my favorite worldess picture books because it opens the door to creativity. I also really enjoyed the last picture of the girl holding a picture of a boy holding a picture of a girl. The illustrations really promote creativity and I think students would enjoy making their own stories from the pictures.

Class use: Wordless picture book text set, I would also use this book to have students use creative writing to construct their own stories based on the illustrations or do the class activity we have done where one student writes a line and passes it on to the next student to create one big story.
  MelissaKlatt | Apr 28, 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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