In David Wiesner’s Flotsam, a boy finds a camera on a beach, which contains images of a fantastical underwater world of invented creatures. This wordless picturebook explores natural sciences from specimens to things like floating and sinking; biodegradability and ocean currents. There are also numerous opportunities for writing, drama, music, art and dance…
A boy finds a camera washed in by the tide. The pictures it contains give him a glimpse into an amazing story world beneath the waves, as well as a record of all the children who’ve had the camera before him, linked together in an unending chain that stretches back in time and right across the world.
David Wiesner’s wordless, imaginative and exuberantly detailed picture book is a joy to share with children at KS2. Its playful sophistication conveys a complexity of ideas that linger in the mind long after the book has been closed, encouraging discussion and inspiring all kinds of responses.
With panels of varying sizes that subtly shift the tension, pace and mood, as well as stunningly beautiful double-page spreads, this book has all the advantages of a graphic novel and picture book combined and makes a wonderful starting point for activities.
Themes include imaginative undersea worlds; invented creatures; light and cameras; microscopes and collections of natural specimens; floating and sinking; biodegradability and rubbish; geography and ocean currents; historical timelines and community cohesion; as well as numerous opportunities for writing, drama, music, art and dance.
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