This past week has been a trying one because of Hurricane Sandy. I live in NJ and while I was lucky not to have any damage other friends and family were not. On top of everything else my beloved Jersey Shore is in ruins. I am sure we will recover and that rebuilding won't take too long.
Flotsam written and illustrated by David Wiesner is a Caldecott winning book that is the perfect tribute to summer vacations down at the Shore. When I first saw this book I thought it was amazing. Even though it is a wordless book it "tells" a wonderfully magical tale of magic and discovery. I loved it even more when I realized the images are of the Jersey Shore. I was thrilled to see the LBI (Long Beach Island) beach tag in one of the images. LBI has been my sole vacation spot for many years. I love the ocean and the beaches --- to me there is nothing better to do than sit on the beach and read a book. David Wiesner talked about his summers on NJ beaches growing up in interviews when the book was first published---he is after all a native son. I think this book is a great reminder of the magic of the ocean and thrill of simple discoveries. Hopefully the New Jersey coastline will rebound even better than before so that future generations can uncover the magic that is "the Shore"!