Flotsam and Winsome: David Wiesner
I have found shells that trapped the looping sounds of the ocean. I have even found sea cliff hieroglyphics but I’ve never encountered anything as fascinatingly fantastical as the Melville camera that washes up in Flotsam by David Wiesner. Flotsam is a silent narrative told through the history of images discovered by a young boy wandering the beach. Each photograph is a self-portrait of the individuals who previously found the camera and reflects the camera’s mysterious origins dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The camera also surprisingly documents the secret life of sea creatures revealing civilizations floating on the backs of starfish and pufferfish balloons adrift above the ocean. The dramatic perspectives in each illustration completely immerse the reader in the discovery of the camera and wonderment at its photographic story. David Wiesner’s unique storytelling not only makes you believe in the endurance of the past but also encourages you to believe that all of your “notes-in-a-bottle” wishes sent to sea will come true in the future.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books