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Winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal 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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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 231.14 x 292.1 x 12.7mm | 476.27g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Reinforced.
  • col. Illustrations
  • 0618194576
  • 9780618194575
  • 29,750

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Wiesner offers another exceptional, wordless picture book that finds wild magic in quiet, everyday settings. Booklist, ALA, Starred Review New details swim into focus with every rereading of this immensely satisfying excursion. Publishers Weekly, Starred

A mind-bending journey of imagination. School Library Journal, Starred

In Wiesner's much-honored style, the paintings are cinematic, coolly restrained and deliberate...An invitation not to be resisted. Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Wiesner's detailed watercolors make the absurd wonderfully believable...and children will surely love 'Flotsam' from start to finish. New York Times Book Review Notable Book

The meticulous and rich detail of Wiesner's watercolors makes the fantasy involving and convincing. Horn Book

Wiesner continues to show children that things aren't always what they seem. Would the Caldecott committee consider a three-peat? Bookpage

Wiesner returns with his traditional wordless-narrative format for another fantastical outing. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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About David Wiesner

David Wiesner is internationally renowned for his visual storytelling and has won the Caldecott Medal three times--for Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam--the second person in history to do so. He is also the recipient of three Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall, Sector 7, and Mr. Wuffles. He lives near Philadelphia with his family. www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner
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Rating details

24,288 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 54% (13,167)
4 26% (6,376)
3 13% (3,124)
2 4% (903)
1 3% (718)

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This looks lovely, can't wait to show it to my daughter.show more
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An exquisite journey through beautifully detail images...thoroughly recommend, especially for teachers. The discussions that you could have are endless.show more
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