Weslandia

Paperback | August 1, 2002

byPaul FleischmanIllustratorKevin Hawkes

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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.

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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-look...

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 somethin...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763610526

ISBN - 13:9780763610524

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Summer Read Weslandia was first read to me on the last day of school in Grade 7, by the Local Librarian who often came into read to us. I immediately and totaly fell in Love with the Fabulous illustrations. They were so beautiful and full of color. They were absoluetly Fantastic. The story itself was also quite fabulous- my friends and I became inspired to build our own Civilization in our backyard that summer. It's an absolutely fabulous book for young and old, and I highly recommend it as a Stellar Summer Read. Weslandia stands as my favorite childrens book of all time- I absolutely Loved it. The illustrations just blow me away. I highly recommend it. Hope you enjoy it!
Date published: 2003-08-06