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Like many of the author's creations, this story begins with an inquisitive child, a boy observing crabs with his magnifying glass along the ocean shore. Without warning, a wave deposits a barnacle-encrusted Brownie-style camera, labeled the Melville Underwater Camera, before the protagonist. After waiting a seemingly endless hour for the film to be developed, the boy views a set of fantastical underwater photographs: wind-up fish with gears, an octopus family reading to its young by the light of bioluminescent fish, a colony of tiny people residing atop the shells of sea turtles, and stretching starfish-islands.
But wait! There's also a photograph of a girl holding a photograph of a boy. And within that photograph is another boy holding a photograph of a girl. Puzzled, the boy first uses his magnifying glass, and then a microscope, to observe each child's photograph, ending with a sepia-toned, turn-of-theth-century image of a boy his own age. An open-ended conclusion leaves room for any child's sense of wonder to carry on. Wiesner proves why he is an award-winning storyteller and illustrator with vivid watercolors that range from vignettes to spectacular full- and double-page panoramic views.
Wonderful displays of imagination are evident throughout, as are small touches of humor, such as a photo of overly eager visiting aliens and their unruly children. Older and more astute readers will find many surprises, including a hint to the boy's discovery in the book's cover art, a reference to Wiesner's The Three Pigs on the title page, and a clever imitation of a classic Japanese print, Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave at Kanagawa.
Most importantly, Wiesner continues to show children that things aren't always what they seem. Would the Caldecott committee consider a three-peat? Sign up for our newsletters! Again Again By E.
Updated: Feb 13, We are delighted to host a guest post from teacherglitter , whose Year 5 pupils have been hugely inspired by a creative literacy sequence using the wordless picture book 'Flotsam'. I have been aware of the wonderful wordless picture book Flotsam, by David Wiesner, for several years now but for some reason or other, I have never found the right opportunity to use it within my Literacy lessons. That all changed when I moved year groups into Year Five and to my joy, discovered one of our topics was about pollution.
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. David Wiesner. David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the US and all over the globe.
Flotsam is a children's wordless picture book written and illustrated by David Wiesner. The book contains illustrations of underwater life with no text to accompany them. The book has no words , but is told through pictures. A boy is at the beach and finds an old camera. He takes the film to get it developed, and sees photos of fantastical undersea cities and inventions. The final section of the book consists of a girl, who is holding a photo of a child, who is holding a photo of a child, who is holding a photo of a child, and so on. The boy figures out that he is one in a long line of photographers who have found this camera.