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Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam (original 2006; edition 2006)

by David Wiesner

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Authors:David Wiesner
Info:Clarion Books (2006), Hardcover, 40 pages
Tags:camera, discovery, exploration, sea, beach, wordless story, picture-books

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Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006)


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This book was a wordless book, only pictures, so you had to interpret the book yourself. From the illustrations the book was about this little boy who finds a camera on the beach and sees all these photos on it fro where the camera has been. In the end he adds his own photo to the camera and sends it back out to sea where someone else would find it.

I really enjoyed the illustrations a lot. I thought that the author did a good job showing what was happening in the book but still giving the reader room to imagine their own twist to the book. I would use this in my classroom to help the children use their imagination and by having them tell the story in their own words.

I think this book would be good for grades 1st-3rd or maybe even 4th. ( )
  alizadawn | Feb 22, 2017 |
This book had no words but told a vivid story through watercolor pictures. It shows an inquisitive boy who finds a camera on the beach and as he looks through the pictures he sees that each picture is of a picture and that picture is of a picture and so on for years and years of people standing on that same beach. He takes a picture of himself to add to the old camera and throws it back into the water so someone else can find its history and wonderfully magical pictures. ( )
  hdalesky15 | Feb 20, 2017 |
David Wiesner is the illustrator of this wonderful Caldecott Medal winner. This wordless book tells the story of a day at the beach for a young boy that turns into an adventure. The boy finds an underwater camera as it washes up on the shore. After developing the film he finds pictures that tell a strange story about what goes on beneath the surface of the sea. We see mechanical fish, an octopus reading a book, cities of seashells, and much more. The story ends with the boy taking a picture of himself, as others have done before him, and sending the camera back into the sea to be found by the next child. The title, Flotsam, is defined as: the wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on or washed up by the sea. The camera, our flotsam, turns out to be a great gift from the sea. ( )
  hlevy | Feb 18, 2017 |
In this vividly illustrated caldecott winner, the reader is taken to the beach with a young boy who happens to be a scientist. Through his want to find "flotsam", the young boy discover a camera that uncovers many secrets and a glimpse into the past. This book is great for upper elementary students and teachers who are trying encourage students to explore. ( )
  AshlynWilliams | Feb 11, 2017 |
Though wordless, this picture book tells a tale of mystery and discovery. The wonderfully-done illustrations allow the reader to easily follow the story of the mysterious underwater film camera. Each of the dozens of illustrations in this book are highly detailed and all clearly depict what is occurring at that moment in the story. Each page hosts a differing number of pictures depending on how many things happen in a particular scene as well as how much time has elapsed, so despite being wordless, the reader (or viewer) does not miss a thing. Furthermore, because this book is wordless, it holds broad appeal for students of varying age groups and grade levels, making it a book for everyone. ( )
  btbarret | Feb 8, 2017 |
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A science forward book about adventure and discovery
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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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