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Weslandia Paperback – Picture Book, August 1, 2002
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—The Horn Book (starred review)
This fantastical picture book, like its hero, is bursting at the seams with creativity . . . a vigorous shot in the arm to nonconformists everywhere . . . It's difficult to imagine a better pairing than Fleischman and Hawkes to bring this one of a kind kid—and his universe—so vividly to life.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- Lexile Measure : AD820L
- Grade Level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- Paperback : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763610526
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763610524
- Product Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.19 x 10.69 inches
- Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated Edition (August 1, 2002)
- Reading level : 4 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story itself appealed to them also. Nowadays, consumers - such as my children - of products - such as Cheerios - are really quite separated from the producers of products - such as General Mills. We've discussed Wooly Mammoth hunters and how they got almost everything they needed to live from the mammoths, and we've talked about the rise of early civilizations such as Mesopotamia and Egypt, but the idea of living off what you could catch or grow was still quite theoretical to them.
Weslandia brings that concept home and makes it real because it starts in a place they are quite familiar with - a suburban back yard. While Wesley sleeps, mysterious seeds are planted (blown in by the wind, no less), and an entire civilization is founded from the resulting crop. They enjoyed seeing how the civilization developed - first the "staple crop" provided food, then shelter and furniture, then clothing, and so on.
This is one book we got from the library and subsequently purchased.
This book is fantastic though and it addresses lots of great concepts-- social studies, writing, science, math, language...
It can also be extended really easily for your gifted learners. I've done lots with this book. Get it, but make sure you're ordering it from a company that ships properly.
I call the book "odd" because, while it's clearly a children's book, it isn't written in a style that would obviously appeal to children. After I read through it I thought, "cute, but my kids won't care for it." I thought that the lack of dialog and the general absence of a traditional story-line would leave them cold. Wrong, big time. They love it. They're four and six, and they're just fascinated by the story and the pictures. Sometimes kids are more patiently thoughtful than I give them credit for. This book is thought-provoking for them and frequently requested. Excellent book.
Lush, vibrant illustrations, and the story of an inquisitive boy's desire to found his own civilization.
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This book is terrific for sparking off interesting discussion on a variety of topics whether it's about self-sufficiency, peer pressure, leadership, environmentalism etc.
The illustrations are imaginative, stylish and beautifully detailed; perfectly suited to this story.
My sons aged aged 5 and 11 still enjoy hearing this story after many, many readings.
I have bought several copies to give as gifts and as classroom library donations.
We would recommend Weslandia to readers of all ages but especially those who like stories about outcasts and people who act differently. There are many themes but one of them is change because Wesley's life changed because of his plants. Wesley is an inspiration for all ages! This book makes you think that there is more happiness than just pocket money. Wesley refuses to be equal but this becomes an amazing thing.
The best part for us was when Wes made mosquito repellent and sun cream. Also how it explores the theme of courage because Wesley finds his own way and acts differently to others.He is courageous enough to take a risk.Furthermore, he is creative because he makes a different sport and an alphabet.
At the end there is a heart-warming picture as he creates his own world where his former tormentors are very interested.
If you read Matilda you would probably love this book because they are both outcasts who eventually make friends