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Flotsam (Caldecott Medal Book) Hardcover – 4 Sep 2006
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"New details swim into focus with every rereading of this immensely satisfying excursion."
"The meticulous and rich detail of Wiesner's watercolors makes the fantasy involving and convincing."
"A mind-bending journey of imagination."
-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
"Wiesner offers another exceptional, wordless picture book that finds wild magic in quiet, everyday settings." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
Another wildly imaginative Caldecott Medal winning picture book from David Wiesner. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
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I love the illustrations because the colours and content are so amazing. The gigantic and robotic clockwork fish are really cool. It's really adventurous and lead our class to lots of questions.
A multi-sensory experience.
Without words this book is instantly absorbing you into another time, any time when you were on a beach as a child. Any child, any beach, anywhere. The oblivion of the adults to the power of their surroundings, fully equipped for events that they don't create as they recline in their deck chairs, lost in their summer reading and lost to the summer's day they are living. Are they living it at all?
You can smell the sea, feel the spray, almost touch the foam, sense that unique awful desolation that is a seaside resort in mid-summer. Nothing to do and all day to do it. The energy and wonder of the inquisitive solitary boy is breathtakingly revealed as his story of timeless discovery unfolds and he takes his place in the ebb and flow of life captured in a washed-up camera.
Words could never have conveyed Weisner's meaning so piercingly as the pictures in this enchanting book. Something very reminiscent of the film 'Blow up' about it, enhanced by the wordless wondering silence in which you read it.
Buy this book and remember what it means to be alive.
The only words you'll find in the book are on the dust jacket (defining flotsam and telling about the "author") and on signs and packages in the illustrations. That leaves lots of room for the "reader's" imagination to work overtime.
If that weren't enough stimulation, Mr. Wiesner puts in some fanciful illustrations that might reflect a child's imagination at work. I can imagine having lots of fun at a sleepover as each child interprets what's going on in the book.
As the book opens, you see a large eye looking at a very funny crab. Then you see the big picture in a two-page spread as a blond-headed, blue-eyed youngster is holding a crab and studying the crab through a magnifying glass. In the background there are two parents reading, shovels, binoculars, a microscope in a plastic bag, snorkel gear, pails full of flotsam, and a small box with a tentacle sticking out. In the background are a sea shell and a huge sand castle. The boy then heads for the water line where he spots a different kind of crab.
When a big wave comes in, the boy is overturned and a most unexpected bit of flotsam appears . . . one that forms the base of the story.
The story was so unexpected and interesting that I've re-read it several times to think about further meanings. I'm sure you'll have the same joy as I did.
An imaginative youngster will have even more.
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