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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
Collections:Storytime Collection
Tags:camera, discovery, exploration, sea, beach, wordless story

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Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006)


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An inquisitive boy likes to observe things he finds while he's at the beach. A large wave washes up an old underwater camera. He develops the film he finds in it and puts in a new roll, too. He finds some unbelievable pictures of mechanical fish, lounging octopus, a puffer fish hot air balloon, sea turtles with seashell cities on their backs, LGMs, island-backed starfish, and a photo of a girl holding a picture within a picture, within a picture, etc. Confused, he uses his magnifying glass and microscope to inspect the progressively smaller pictures until he can see the very first boy. He takes a picture of himself holding the the photo, and tosses the camera back into the ocean. It is carries away by many sea creatures, across the oceans, and washes up on a tropical island for a curious young girl.
  joycecafe | Aug 13, 2014 |
Fantastic illustrations of above and underwater worlds. An interesting story of discovery and communication that attentive readers can deduce from the beautiful detailed drawings. Tests powers of observation and would be great for use in an art class.
  Ms.Kunz | Aug 3, 2014 |
I loved how this book was presented: as a wordless picture book about photographs, each illustration/story pane seemed to replicate a photo in an album. I can't help but think of the quote "one man's trash is another man's treasure!" ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jul 27, 2014 |
This wordless picture books shares the adventures of a camera that becomes a piece of material floating throughout the currents of the water.
  alcrumpler | Jul 21, 2014 |
This book is about a boy who finds a camera that seems to have been on an exciting journey. The boy develops the pictures and continues the journey by tossing the camera into the ocean for more exploration. Great pictures. ( )
  Kbernard | Jul 17, 2014 |
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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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Product Description 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.

A Look Inside Flotsam (Click on Images to Enlarge)

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The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.

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