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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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Summary- The book Flotsam is a picture book. This book is about a boy who is at the beach and illustrates some of his activities on the beach such as playing with a lobster that he had found. The little boys and his lobster are whipped out by a wave and when he looks around he notices a camera has washed up. The boy shows his find to his parents and then to a life guard. The curiosity is immense and he opens the camera to find that there is film still in the camera. He waits and waits and waits while the photos are printed and he was not disappointed. The photos show a different type of life that the sea creatures live; octopuses with furniture, sea turtles with snail villages on their backs, aliens living underwater with the fish. As the boy goes through the stack of photos he sees photos of people who were holding phots of other individuals. He pulls his magnifying glass and microscope out to see the photos that are within the photos and they are full of character. He then sets up the camera for himself takes a photo of himself holding the developed pictures. He sends his lost and found camera back into the ocean to allow new photos to be made and someone else to experiment what he had. The last page is a picture of another person finding the camera in the ocean and the journey starts over.

My personal review: This book was incredible. I really enjoyed the story this picture book told. This book was so descriptive without having words printed on the page. This book is a great example of imagination and creativity.

Classroom extensions: I would have my class create a picture of their perfect day at the beach and write a short story describing the picture. ( )
  ekelley05 | Jan 19, 2017 |
When a young boy finds a camera on the beach, he never expects to see what meets his eyes on the film. He sees underwater creatures with motors, couches, starfish bigger than whales, aliens, and kids just like him! He tosses the camera back into the ocean for someone else to find. It is carried away by sea creatures and birds to the next child who gets to see the wildest film! My students loved this story. ( )
  Kelleighk1 | Dec 6, 2016 |
Review: The book is about a boy you finds a waterproof camera while at the beach. He has it developed and finds fantastical pictures and a picture of the last child that found it. A wave takes away the pictures he developed as he is taking a picture of himself holding up the picture of the previous child, so he tosses it back in the ocean for the next person to find. Comments: I was first attracted to the book because of the artwork, which is gorgeously done. The artwork is detailed and interesting. I feel the story is original. The illustrations are in a surrealism artistic style with the following visual elements dot, scale, dimension, motion and direction.
  Viona1987 | Dec 4, 2016 |
This is a really fun book about a boy who was exploring on a beach. A wave knocked him over and when he got up he found that an underwater camera had washed ashore. He took the film in and developed it. There were a lot of pictures from underwater cities and cool things animals did. The last picture was of a child holding a picture, who was holding a picture and so forth of all the people who found the camera. The boy took a picture of himself holding the last picture then threw the camera back into the water for someone else to find. The last page was of another child finding the camera
  sabrenarose | Nov 27, 2016 |
Everyone in all of my classes have loved this book. Wordless books offer so much to the classroom. For example, this could be a segway into writing stories about adventures they have had near a sea, or how their granddad was a ship captain. ( )
  zcurlach | Nov 15, 2016 |
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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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