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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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The book is wordless. A boy discovers an old camera on a beach. When he goes to develop the film, he sees lots of pictures of animals he doesn't recognize, and pictures of animals that are doing things not typically done by animals. He finds a picture of a child, who is holding a picture of another child, who is also holding a picture of another child, and so on. The boy decides to take a picture of himself and throw the camera back into the ocean. It is carried to another part of the world to be found by another child.

I really liked this book. I thought it could be a great lesson about connecting to other parts of the world. I would have preferred the book to show realistic pictures of ocean life, though.

One thing to do is to create some kind of time capsule to be buried and found later. Another thing could be to have the children create the words that they want onto photocopies of the pages. Students could also differentiate between fact and fiction about what the ocean animals do is real life. It can also be used in a lesson about hypothesizing and inferring. ( )
  WhitneyBaughn | Jul 12, 2016 |
With this Caldecott winner, the reader can experience this book at so many levels. This is a book that the reader spend hours looking at the pictures to keep the story going. A boy discovers an old time camera (that us film) at the ocean and discovers real and a fantastical world. After investigating the photos closely, he adds to the adventure and sends the camera back to the ocean. ( )
  Patty6508 | Jul 5, 2016 |
Imo, there were too many things Wiesner wanted to share with us. The boy finding the camera could have been condensed into one of the other stories, but it was rich enough here it could have been its own story, too. The story of the surrealistic pictures found on the developed film was cool - there should have been more of those. The best story was the picture within a picture, children going successively back in time - but I've learned that some people had trouble understanding that bit. There were lots of cool pictures - my favorite though were the ones on the title & copyright page which weren't exactly part of the story. I did love [b:Tuesday|97860|Tuesday|David Wiesner|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1171404173s/97860.jpg|3036058] and will look for [b:The Three Pigs|138069|The Three Pigs|David Wiesner|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1172092242s/138069.jpg|133087]. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
A boy is at the beach and gets sucked in by a wave. He finds a camera that contains film of pictures that were taken underwater and throughout time. He takes a picture of himself and throws the camera back into the ocean for someone else to find it and continue taking pictures to share with the next who finds it.
  mendi009 | Jun 6, 2016 |
My 5 year-old daughter loves this book. With no words, the pictures tell of a young boy who finds a camera washed ashore on the beach. He develops the film inside it and finds the silliest underwater scenes. He also finds an image of a boy holding a photo of a boy holding a photo of a girl holding a photo of a boy... and so on. The boy decides to take a picture of himself holding the photo, and sends the camera back to sea. There is a great amount of detail in this book, and the underwater scenes as so silly that they grab the attention and imagination of the young reader.
  carrier3 | Apr 25, 2016 |
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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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