TGIF, my friends!
At last the weekend is upon us. Hope you have something fun planned. I am hoping to be able to check off a couple more activities from my autumn bucket list by Sunday evening.
We are three weeks into this “31 Days of Children’s Books”. Twenty-one days down, ten to go. This is a LOOONG month! Never fear, I haven’t begun to run out of “material” for this series. But wish I could come up with an exciting new way to share the books with you. Thinking I might, might try a video but don’t hold me to that. And still hopeful that I can figure out a way to share one of my former TV shows with you.
Continuing with Caldecott Award winners today. Have a imaginative wordless picture book for you. The 2007 winner Flotsam by David Wiesner.
Through watercolor and gouache paintings, Wiesner imparts the story of a young, aspiring-oceanographer’s day at the beach.
So very old and vintage is this “Melville Underwater Camera”, that it requires rolls of film.
For those whose hands are down, do you know what to do with a roll of film? You take it to be developed.
While you wait for the pictures to be developed…an eternity, one hour…you buy more film, of course. I would guess that if you have just discovered this roll of film laying around or perhaps in a camera that floated up out of the ocean, you are going to be very interested to see the pictures.
Another photo that begs to be inspected more closely.
And right about here would be a good place to ask the children you are sharing the book with what they predict has happened. Who are these children in the illustrations and what are each of them holding? You might ask what your little one would want to do next.
In the wondrous world of this wordless picture book, anything is possible.
Ah-ha! Now we know how the underwater seascapes came to be. But is this where the book ends?
I’ll never tell. You’ll have to get a copy of Flotsam to see for yourself. Or maybe ask your little one to finish the story.
Purchase David Wiesner’s beautiful books on Amazon, here. Including his other Caldecott Award winners,
And I leave you with this, a video taste of this delicious book, Flotsam. Enjoy!
Hugs and kisses,