Bibliographic Information: Wiesner, David. Flotsam. New York: Clarion Books, 2006. Print.

Brief Annotation: A wordless picture book about a curious boy who discovers a washed-up camera on the beach. He develops the film and discovers new worlds and secrets.

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Children who like/”read” illustrations; children with vivid imaginations; children who are especially curious and scientifically-minded.

Rating/Response: 4 Gorgeous illustrations with vivid details – there’s no need for words here! Very imaginative and exciting.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “Flotsam”  means debris or other objects found floating in the sea. What sorts of flotsam can imagine you would find on a beach near a lake here in Minnesota? How about on the ocean?

Reading Strategy: Questioning

Rationale for Strategy: The lack of text would inspire a lot of questions from the readers, offering an opportunity to ask both “thin” and “thick” ones. Students could use their questions to perhaps even write a text for the story and share with the class.

Posted by: Caitlin Miller


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