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Flotsam by David Wiesner
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Sep 15, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s-lit-642
Read in September, 2012


A) This is a wordless picture book about a day at the beach transports begins with the mystery of an old underwater camera washing ashore and ends with a magical world revealed, then discovered by another child.

B)The watercolor illustrations are beautifully executed in blurry impressionistic suggestion and precise scientific detail clearly identifying the theme of looking for detail. While the title is "flotsam", what is found in the pictures is not debris or wreckage by any stretch - it's pure treasure in watercolor form.

C) The illustrations take center stage on a front cover dominated by a giant fishy eye. Looking for detail is emphasized by the eye appearing in close up repeatedly throughout the book. In addition, the fantastic and fantastical pictures from the camera include such wonders as little aliens taking tourist photos in front of sea-horses and giant starfish with islands on their backs - with tiny sperm whales used for scale. The theme is then brought into excruciating focus (ha ha) by the discovery of a photo-within-photo featuring children from around the world. The detail is rendered in such detail and the facial expressions so precise, you can almost feel him squinting or the wind ruffle his hair.

D) This book would be wonderful for any science minded student. In the classroom, one might read this book prior to learning how to use a microscope, magnifying class, or even the camera zoom. The magic of discovery, as illustrated here, would fascinate even adults. I also will be looking for tiny aliens in my vacation photos from now on.
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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue I do like the idea of using this with a lesson on microscopes.


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