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Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam (2006)

by David Wiesner

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Flotsam is fascinating. It felt like I could spend a lot of time looking at the pictures. Even without any words I feel as if I have read a story. This book would be wonderful to show to a classroom. It is a book that requires close examination of the pictures. I could see it inspiring art projects of under the sea pictures with interesting tweaks, it could even be used for a highschool level art class.
  RachelSchillreff | Apr 12, 2015 |
Although this modern fantasy never used a single word, this book spoke an incredible message to me.This book began with a young boy at the beach. He discovers sea creatures on the sand. He then finds an underwater camera washed up upon the shore. The young boy has the roll of film developed. After examining the film, the young boy discovers that the children are holding pictures of the person who last had the camera. The pictures zooms in indefinitely to the people within the picture within the picture. David Wiesner used his amazing artistic ability to create a storyline. ( )
  magen.rauscher | Apr 10, 2015 |
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The water color just flows from one page to the next. It is about a boy that loves to explore science and is exploring the flotsam of the sea. It is a bright book and fun to use with all ages.
  kelly.haskins | Apr 9, 2015 |
Flotsam is a wordless book with amazing illustrations. The author/illustrator captures storytelling with vibrantly painted water color pictures. The story is easy to follow by looking at the pictures. There is a lot of detail about the story in the pictures. I spent a lot of time looking at the pictures to figure out the story in detail.
  stacey.abrahamson | Apr 8, 2015 |
I love, love this book for so many reasons! It’s about a boy who obviously loves science and exploring the “flotsam” of the sea. He ends up finding an old underwater camera and has the film developed. What he finds in the pictures is amazing! There are photographs of mechanical fish, a family of squid sitting around a living room, a puffer fish hot air balloon, a city on the back of a tortoise shell, underwater aliens, and giant starfish! The last picture he finds is a picture of a girl holding a picture of a boy, who is holding a picture of something else. With a microscope, the boy realizes that each person in each picture is holding the photograph of the previous person, until he zooms in at 70x and sees the original photo of a boy in the early 1900’s waving to the camera. He then takes a photo of himself holding the photo and tosses the camera back into the ocean, where it washes ashore far away, next to a little girl. The amazing thing about this book, is that there are no words to this fantastic story, only beautiful, vivid pictures. The theme of storytelling and imagination is apparent through the use of the detailed pictures, and the fact that the reader must use their imagination and become a storyteller! In addition to the illustrations, the storyboard, and the theme, I also love the fact that you can change the story every time you read it! ( )
  KristyPratt | Apr 6, 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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