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Flotsam (2006)

by David Wiesner

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A boy is at the beach with his family, and while wandering after a crab he wants to investigate, a wave crashes over him. When the water recedes, he discovers an odd object that has washed up on shore next to him. It is an old style camera, and the writing on the front states that it is an underwater camera. The boy gets the film inside developed, and the images that proceed are out-of the-ordinary, mysterious and beautiful.
  kacieholt | Mar 24, 2015 |
I'm back and forth on what I think of this book. The idea is interesting- a camera washes up on the beach and when a boy takes in the film to process he sees that this camera has been showing up on beaches for years and years. I think it's fun that the pictures from deep in the ocean are filled with fantasy- but then sometimes I wonder what they are- I would have been fun with pictures showing the true underwater life- it's such an interesting one! ( )
  herethere | Mar 18, 2015 |
Flotsam is a beautiful wordless picture book that manages to capture the wonder of the ocean.
A winner of the Caldecott Medal, I would feel comfortable using this book for any age range. It lacks words, so it could not be used for practice in that way, but it still requires critical thinking skills to follow along with the story and read the emotions of the characters. ( )
  LFerda | Mar 16, 2015 |
A beautifully illustrated book of fish, this book could be used in the classroom as a way of learning about fish in the sea.
  ssho2 | Mar 16, 2015 |
This book really plays with perspective, both in the figurative sense of of the reader's point of view in the story, and in the literal sense of playing with angles to make things seem larger and smaller than they first appear. This story is full of whimsy and imagination, from a family of octopi using lantern fish as lamps, sea turtles and starfish that house islands and cities on their backs, and a recursive series of photos in a single snapshot.
  jlange4 | Mar 16, 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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