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Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam (2006)

by David Wiesner

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This is a wordless book and the illustrations really are amazing. It tells the story of a boy who goes to the beach to look for flotsam and finds many things including an under water camera. He takes it to get developed and finds amazing photos of under the sea life. I think that this book would be great for many students, but especially those who are struggling readers as this story can be "read" independently without even needing words. A person can also spend a really long time examining each picture carefully as there is just so much to see! It would be a great one to use as an example of a picture telling a story in a writing lesson. ( )
  LaurenCollins85 | Nov 24, 2015 |
This wordless book is about a boy who is playing on the beach. He discovers a camera that washes up on the beach. He asks around to see if it belongs to anyone but nobody claims it. He finds film in the camera and decides to get it developed. The photos he sees are amazing. He then finds out that many others have discovered this mysterious camera before him. All the people who have discovered it take a picture of themselves and leave it on the camera for someone else to find. He decides to keep the tradition going and throws the camera back into the ocean.
  bcelaya | Nov 15, 2015 |
Flotsam is a story about a camera that floats onto the shore of a beach and a boy that finds the camera and discovers the fascinating pictures inside. ( )
  CathrynAnna | Nov 7, 2015 |
Summary: Flotsam is a book about a young boy who goes to the beach to find things that has been washed up. He finds all kinds of pretty ordinary things until he finds an underwater camera. He goes and gets the film developed to see what was on the camera and finds some crazy things. Like giant starfish and sea horses with aliens. After seeing these he decides to throw the camera back into the sea so another child could find it someday.
Personal reaction: I liked this book because growing up I loved the sea. I would always imagine the things that could be in there which was exactly what the boy in the book does.
Classroom extension: I would have my students draw some pictures of crazy things they think would be on the underwater camera. It would be a good way to get them to use their imagination.
  meaganamadon | Oct 27, 2015 |
Fantastic! ( )
  waclements7 | Oct 27, 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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