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WESLANDIA honors the misfits—and the creators—among us.

Enter the witty, intriguing world of Weslandia! Now that school is over, Wesley needs a summer project. He’s learned that each civilization needs a staple food crop, so he decides to sow a garden and start his own - civilization, that is. He turns over a plot of earth, and plants begin to grow. They soon tower above him and bear a curious-looking fruit. As Wesley experiments, he finds that the plant will provide food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation. It isn’t long before his neighbors and classmates develop more than an idle curiosity about Wesley - and exactly how he is spending his summer vacation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756965662
Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 689,540
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Paul Fleischman, like Wesley, constructed his own alternate world during his school years. "My friends and I invented our own sports, ran an underground newsppaer, and created our own school culture," he says.

Kevin Hawkes says that Wesley's world reminded him of ROBINSON CRUSOE, one of his favorite books as a child. "Wesley lives in this place where everything is the same," he explains, "yet he has created something unique and is living self-sufficiently, on his own island, in a way."

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Weslandia 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Nhritzuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As I read this story, I couldn't help but think of all my students who would identify with Wesley. I LOVE that this book is a celebration of those who are "different", empowering children to think for themselves and to pursue their interests. Kevin Hawkes' illustrations allowed me to get into Wesley's head. This is a story I will be happy to read over and over again.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy, named Wesley, does not really seem to belong in his conformist neighborhood. He decides to indulge in something that interests him: he begins growing a new plant that no one else has seen before. Wesley discovers various uses for the plant, and the plant grows to be quite large. Over time, the people begin to see Wesley and his plant in a new and accepting way.The book would be very useful in discussing conformity, differences, individuality, and what makes people special.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wesley really does march to the beat of his own drummer, and he's happy doing it.Pity he's stuck in the doldrums of conformist suburbia. Even his parents aren't happy with a quiet, studious kid who doesn't get into trouble - they keep bribing him to wear the idiotic fashions and hairstyles of his classmates instead!Wesley's not very popular, actually, which is a pity because he's really a pretty awesome kid. For his summer project he decides to start his own civilization. By an amazing coincidence, the staple crop he accidentally grows turns out to be a real staple - he can use that plant to make fabric, sunscreen, insect repellent, ink... everything he needs!A little unbelievably, his quiet nonconformist nature is finally accepted by his peers and they all join his society in the end, which is really what a lot of unpopular kids would like.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story with wonderful pictures - a boy who sees nothing wrong with being different creates an entire world of difference in his back garden.
bsturdevant06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intermediate, primaryThis is a good example of fantasy. The things that Westley does with the plant are not actually possible but the author has done a good job of making it believable. the setting is that a of a boring normal neighborhood, except that the boys all shave half of their heads and there are only three crops that anyone grows in thier garden. This allow Wesley to stand out and form a very distinct culture.
jenvid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wesley is different, and does not have many friends. As a summer project, he starts to grow a special plant, and develops many uses from the plant. The plant produces sunscreen, food, shelter, and ink. When he returns to school, he realizes he has many friends that try to follow his new lifestyle. I loved this book, and I enjoyed the positive message. Wesley had no friends, and he did not change. He continued being himself, and in the end, he became well known. This book teaches kids to be true to themselves. As a class assignment, I would combine this book with other gardening books. As a class, we would try to pick out a plant, and find the different uses of the plant.
Mluke04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weslandia is an example of a fantasy because Wesley is able to found an entire civilization in one summer. The wind brings in the seeds of an amazing plant that give him the tools to found his own civilization in his backyard. The illustrations in this picture book are amazing. They were created using acrylic paints. The colors are vibrant and very detailed. The illustrations add to the story and help the reader see what is happening.Media: Acrylics
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Fun and interestig. Children and adults would enjoy this book.
super65 More than 1 year ago
great book!!! i love it and it is so good... i am not going to tell you what it is about. YOU HAVE TO READ IT AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Weslandia is about a young, creative, outcast named Wesley who needs a summer project. Not interested in the same things ¿normal¿ kids are, he comes up with a plan that will blow you away, and catch the interest of the neighborhood kids who torment him! This book by Paul Fleischman follows Wesley through an adventure unlike any other. Wesley is an independent and resourceful kid who is wiser than his years. I found myself not believing what he was coming up with next! I would love to use this book as a read aloud followed by an activity where we use resources found in the classroom or outside of our school for our shelter, clothing, recreation, and food. After reading this to my students I hope they will be inspired by Wesley and be creative in their choices. The illustrations are vibrant and full of action. A book that is not only exciting to read, but it has a good message about being true to yourself no matter what!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and i loved very much. Today in school my English teacher had read this book to us.I have leaned that To be yourself! Don't try to be someone else, be proud of yourself! Be happy about who you are!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't be more pleased with the book 'Weslandia.' My child and I read the book almost weekly, and he never tires of the vibrant illustrations and silly, yet smart story. When I first read this book I knew it would become a family favorite. The story of this boy in his own little world gives a good moral, that it's okay to be the different kid. Also, in being different, you may become what others would like to be. Trendset, explore, and most of all - Be yourself!