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Weslandia Paperback – August 1, 2002
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Every former geek, weirdo and outcast needs to read it, as it is a testimony to origionality and honesty. Perfect. I am glad I found it, and I hope many others do. Easily one of my favorite books, and one I'll cherish and give to as many people as I can. Happy reading.
Wesley isn't like other boys, a fact that drives his parents mad. He's an inventor who regularly refuses to join the crowd and fit in. With school over for the summer, Wesley sets about coming up with a project for the warm months. Thanks to his sarcastic father's throwaway remark about burgeoning civilizations, "I'm sure you'll use that knowledge often", the boy constructs a brilliant scheme. With the help of traveling seeds, Wesley will create and maintain his own unique civlization. New plants begin to grow and thrive in our hero's backyard (plants that would have been plucked as weeds if the nosy neighbor had his way). In time, the plants have flowered and produced fruit. With these as his base, Wesley refines his new food source. He tends his crops and, with their soft inner fibers, weaves new clothes for himself. He creates a sundial that uses the number of petals on the plant's flowers and creates games made from the many parts of the plants. You get the idea.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book for teaching middle school kids about the parts of a civilization and to use in a classroom setting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wesley is an outcast because Wesley is different; everyone lives in cookie-cutter houses, on cookie-cutter streets, with cookie-cutter hairdos. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brutal Honesty
Love, love, love this story and its art. My family read this first at the library and had to add it to our collection; great for those with a garden-themed children's home library... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mme. Calico
I love this book and ordered it for my classroom. It is a paperback, which I didn't know when I placed the order. Read morePublished 11 months ago by katherine