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Weslandia by Paul Fleischman


by Paul Fleischman

Other authors: Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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Author Paul Fleischman ,wrote a wonderful and colorful book about a child names Wesley and his gardening. A boy who would seem awkward to most , found his new passion in gardening. Gardening can be extremely beneficial, both on the social and personal side. Just the idea of growing a plant and watching grow over time , can give someone a huge sense of accomplishment. The plant loves the one that loves it , and anyone who does gardening has to have some love in them because without it the earth won't feel that love. Also gardening can have social benefits as well m when people stop to look at it or even try some of it's crops can initiate a conversation for those who are anxiety from the public. ( )
  saeedchaar | Apr 1, 2019 |
The story of Wesley who doesn't fit into his very traditional neighborhood. As a summer project he founds his own civilization in his backyard. As his civilization thrives the neighborhood kids become interested in what he's doing and over time, without changing who he is at all, Welsey gains friends. A great story about acceptance. This book has so much to discuss! ( )
  jumartin | Jul 23, 2018 |
CHILDRENS FANTASY: This is a good example of a fantasy because it is a made up story that could not possibly happen. Yet within the story there are very probable things that happen in the fantasy world that would make sense in today's world. There are very scientific things such as weaving from fibers and making ink from fruit juice, however the idea that Wes could create his own civilization in 3 months is not possible.
  CamillaBean14 | Dec 3, 2017 |
I chose this book for effective questioning. Asking the root of the questions to see if the students can figure out and use their imagination to find the under lying hero within the story. This book is good for Kindergarten to 1st grade.
  brittneye | Aug 22, 2017 |
I love this book because it's a boy book! Girls tend to be the readers, and so many books are tailored to them. Weslandia is a really 'special' story about an underdog boy who gathers what he knows about civilizations, and decides to make his own. Teachers can teach about historic civilizations and attributes associated with them! ( )
  hannahmariebell | Mar 24, 2017 |
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What do the children you know usually do when school is out for the summer? Go crazy with boredom? Head poolside with friends? Plan a self-sufficient civilization with its own staple food crop? That is precisely how Wesley decides to spend his summer vacation. Wesley is not an ordinary boy: "He alone in his town disliked pizza and soda, alarming his mother and the school nurse. He found professional football stupid. He'd refused to shave half his head, the hairstyle worn by all the other boys, despite his father's bribe of five dollars." It all starts (the civilization, that is) when Wesley overturns a plot of ground in his yard to see what new and unknown seeds might blow into it. Curiously, just one kind of plant grows--an unusual, flowering, fruit-bearing plant that tastes of "peach, strawberry, pumpkin pie, and flavors he had no name for." Soon, Wesley is literally reaping the fruits of his labors--using the fruit rind to make a cup for the juice he squeezes, barbecuing the root tubers, and weaving the bark into a hat to keep off the sun.

In Wesley's new world, he no longer needs a watch because he uses a flower stalk as a sundial, dividing the day into 8 segments, one for each of the flower's petals. A new language (based on an 80-letter alphabet) and counting system (based on the number 8) soon follow. Ah, Weslandia. Slowly but surely his once-tormenting classmates become curious. And soon enough, Wesley allows them to help him crush seeds for oil, which "had a tangy scent and served him both as suntan lotion and mosquito repellent." He also invents sports that are less distasteful to him than football--"games rich with strategy and complex scoring systems," and watches patiently as his classmates blunder. Wesley's parents say that he looks happy for the first time in years. And when he returns to school in September? "He had no shortage of friends." Newbery Medal winner and onetime alternate-world creator Paul Fleischman shines in this deadpan-but-hilarious picture book, and illustrator Kevin Hawkes's splendid paintings will delight young readers with the explosion of colorful, comical details. Kids young and old will love the once-outcast hero Wesley and his Robinson Crusoe-style triumphs. (Ages 8 to 11, or for reading aloud to younger children) --Karin Snelson

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Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life.

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Editions: 0763610526, 0763600067

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