“How Flotsam Prompts Imagination”

“How Flotsam Prompts Imagination”


Creativity in picture books is expressed not only through the text, but also through the illustrations. David Wiesner’s wordless picture book, Flotsam, is a perfect example of using imagination and creativity to tell a story. In this visual story, Wiesner cleverly uses a discarded camera known as flotsam (which means debris from a ship that wasn’t deliberately thrown overbroad) to take the reader on an underwater adventure. While at the beach, a boy finds a camera that has washed ashore. After getting the film developed, he is amazed to discover what happens beneath ocean waves as well as another surprise discovery. The adventure continues as the boy returns the camera back to the ocean to wash ashore again. This book promotes creativity, imaginative and wonderment.

TITLE: Flotsam

AUTHOR: David Wiesner

ILLUSTRATOR: David Wiesner

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2006


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, wonder


1) Take a stroll. Using a camera, take a series of pictures that detail your walking adventure.

2) Imagine going on an underwater adventure. What might you see underwater creatures doing if they had human characteristics? Using your imagination, create underwater fantasy pictures/scenes. Collaborate with a partner to elaborate on the scenes.


To learn more about author/illustrator David Wiesner, visit:  http://www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner

To explore more wondering, visit: http://thewonderment.com

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