Flotsam: David Wiesner


  • Author/Illustrator: David Wiesner

  • Publisher: Clarion Books

  • Publication Year: 2006

  • Brief Summary: In this wordless story, a boy finds an underwater camera on the beach.  The pictures he finds after developing the film take him on a fantastic journey to the depths of the sea and other children who had gone before him.

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  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • Introduce the concept of wordless picture books.  Why do you think the author choose to not include any words?  Read The Red Book by Barbara Lehman.  How is this wordless book different?

    • Have children tell the story based on looking at the pictures. Older students can write out their own version and share with the class.  Discuss how each story is different.

    • Spend time poring over the amazing pictures…what details can the students see?

    • Have students create their own fantastical/imaginary creatures — in the ocean or any other habitat.

    • A Picture a Day — Give students (or have parents provide) disposable cameras and have them take one interesting picture a day for [a week, 2 weeks, a month]…something that touched them, something that made them laugh/cry/scared/mad.  Have them share their prints with the class at the end of the unit.

  • Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: N/A

  • Accessed at: Personal Library


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