Wordless Books: Flotsam

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 in Reading | 0 comments



Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a kick of finding wordless books for Rain during our library trips. The beauty of these books is that we can take turns telling the story and talking about the pictures and the telling is a little different each time, but also Rain is more than happy to take them on car trips and into Quiet Time to “read.” I usually choose our books based on an attraction to the art and wordless books usually don’t disappoint in the art department.

I have a few up my sleeve that I’d like to recommend but first up is Flotsam, by David Wiesner (2007). The book is whimsical, fantastic, mysterious and a Caldecott Medal winner. You will spot something new in the pictures every time you re-read the book. We liked that the boy looked somewhat like my son will look when he is older and I sometimes tell the story as though it were happening to Rain. We absolutely adored the way the mystery of the camera found on the beach unfolded and were delighted with the imaginative underwater photos. Even a few pages in, I was hooked by Rain’s quizzical intrigued smile.


by David Wiesner
Houghton Mifflin

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