Imagination is a wonderful thing. The mystery of discovering the world for the first time blesses a child with a whole new way of seeing things. "Flotsam" by David Wiesner brings this concept to the highest level of art.
A little boy finds a camera. But this is not any camera, oh no. It is a magical camera, transporting the boy to a whole new world under the sea and above as he looks through the pictures taken elsewhere, and then adds his own for the next lucky person to find.
Books for Children Ages: 3 and older
Recommended for Family Reading: Books without words are some of the best for family reading time, as they can be adapted to any reading and comprehension level, and can engage older siblings with "reading" to the younger ones regardless of reading skill.
Related Discussion Topics: Camera day, using your imagination, passing on gifts to others, sharing ideas, the ocean, traveling around the world.
- Visit the beach and notice every detail you can together. Talk about how the water and sand feel, investigate for animals or objects on the shore, what do you smell, see, hear, taste?
- Take pictures all around you for a day. Which ones do you think would be most interesting to someone else? Which pictures are your favorite? How are pictures different from simply remembering things?
- Just like the boy in the book passes on the camera, choose a book you love and pass it on to some unsuspecting person. Bookcrossing.com allows you to leave a book for someone to discover, and then track where it has been. A great way to learn about sharing, as well as geography.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book