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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 39 pages
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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.

Each of David Wiesner's amazing picture books 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. In this Caldecott Medal winner, 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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All pictures and great illustrations. - Goodreads
However, I thought the plot was a little disjointed. - Goodreads
Beautiful visual storytelling at it's finest. - Goodreads
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Excellent to showcase visualization as a strategy. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Leslee Reiland - Goodreads

Wonderful pictures that have a story within a story. The details in the illustrations are fantastic. Good book to use when making up a story. Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

Flotsam is a picture book that tells the story of a boy who finds an old water proof camera at the beach. inside is a roll of film holds the keys to a fantasy trip of interpretative ocean life and the ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

David Wiesner's interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989. David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and he has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. He is only the second person in the award's history to win the Caldecott Medal three times. David and his wife, Kim Kahng, and their two children live near Philadelphia, where he devotes full time to illustration and she pursues her career as a surgeon.

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