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Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flotsam (2006)

by David Wiesner

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Beautifully illustrated, Flotsam is the story of things that float, including a camera that washes up on the beach. When a young boy finds the camera and develops the film he finds all sorts of fantastical images as well as photos of all the other kids who have found the camera over many years. Keeping the tradition, the boy takes his own photo and sends the camera back out to sea for someone else to find.

The images in the book are so creative and intriguing that they are bound to capture children's imaginations and send them soaring. ( )
  adrouet | Mar 3, 2019 |
This book has great illustrations! However, I did find that it was a difficult read for younger students. I did a picture-walk of this book with second graders and they were confused at times as to what was happening. I believe that the confusion is caused by the many things that are happening at the same time in between illustrations and focusing on the main idea of the story. Although the events are difficult to follow, the focus stays on the camera that is found and what the boy does with it. I believe that this book would be a difficult read for EL students, especially if they do not recognize different genres of books. For example, there was a photograph shown by the boy where there were mermaids swimming around. This may be difficult for students to process if they are not familiar with fiction or fantasy books. The way the book flows or just the set-up of the book in general--the boxes that the illustrator uses to make the pictures follow a storyline--makes it confusing for readers to grasp the problem in the story. For example, in one of the illustrations it portrays aliens and starfish under the water. This set-up can be confusing for students who do not know what is happening with the photographs that the boy is showing. Identifying problem is one of many story elements that readers are expected to identify at a young age. As teachers, we want to encourage our students to think about what is happening, what is the conflict, who are the main characters, etc. I think that using this book with EL students or younger students will not be helpful in developing reading skills because all it elicits is confusion. ( )
  gsanti4 | Feb 23, 2019 |
This is a wordless picture book. This book tells a story about a boy found a camera when playing on the beach. As it is a camera with no owner, the boy took out its film and printed the photos. He was surprised to see the photos showing the world beneath the sea. Some fish are robots, some octopus have living room just like ours...even aliens... These is also a picture of a girl holding another picture. Each person who found this camera took a photo with the picture of previous one holding another photo. The boy tracked to the first one who took the photo. Maybe he was the owner of this camera? Maybe not. He also took a picture and throw the camera back to the sea.

This story has an open ending. On the last page of the story, it shows another girl found this camera and no one knows what is going to happen. This open ending encourages readers to create a diversity of narratives according to individual understandings.

As the undersea world depicted in the story looks very different from what we assume undersea world would be in real life, this story encourages readers to imagine wildly. Whenever the boy found a photo, the book gives a detailed big picture of what the photo is. Thus, this create a sense that when the boy is reading a photo, the reader is reading the same photo, too. This brings the reader closer to the boy. ( )
  Catherine52 | Jan 17, 2019 |
For the beach comber in all of us this book is great. He finds a kind of amazing series of pictures in an underwater camera. He gets the film developed and there are pictures of two different kinds of things; one, marvels of underwater fantasy life and 2) selfies taken by other kids who have found the camera. Of course the kid takes his own selfie and throws the camera back in the ocean.
  ghendel | Nov 28, 2018 |
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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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When a young boy discovers a camera on the beach and develops the film, he finds with his microscope many layers of pictures within the photographs.

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