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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 hi...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Candlewick Press (first published June 2nd 1999)
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Small Creek
I remember this book coming out when I was still in primary school. I remember pawing through the pages and--for the first time--being impressed by the art. I remember marvelling at Wesley's great ideas and the creation of his own civilisation. I remember, hoping against hope, that the little pot of dirt I left on the verandah would catch some of the seeds that Wesley had. I remember wondering what I would do if I ever got my hands on a piece of Weslandia.

When I was younger, I was a geek like We...more
This book is fantastic simply because it has captured a premise that is unintuitive and overlooked, and yet was as much a part of my childhood daydreams as any over-done stories of fairies, witches, or wizards.

Weslandia tells the story of a young boy, Wesley, who decides to... wait for it... make his own civilization. Starting from a staple crop, and building up slowly through architecture, writing, language, art, and so forth, Wesley builds the civilization of Weslandia. When I read this, I sud...more
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
This is such a great book! Paul Fleischman tells a story about how being different is not only okay but great things can come from it. Wesley is different from his town and he knows it. The people in the town want everyone to exactly alike; same haircut, interests, hobbies, etc. Wesley does not fit the mold and doesn’t try to. The story line is creative and inviting. The illustrations are filled with bright, vibrant colors and details. The illustrations really paint t...more
Wesley is a boy who doesn’t seem to fit in with others. He lives in a boring neighborhood where everyone has the same haircut, grows the same crops, and lives in the same style home. Wesley decides to grow his own crop. When he does so, he ends up creating his own civilization. He names it Weslandia. He has edible food, creates his own clothing, language system, and games. Soon, the children of the neighborhood are less interested in picking on Wesley and more interested in participating in Wesl...more
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 coinciden...more
I loved this picture book about a little boy, Wesley, who doesn't fit in. He doesn't eat junk food or hang out with the "cool" boys. He actually learns something in school. When school gets out Wesley decides he needs a summer project. Magically, some unique seeds float in the air overnight and land in his backyard. The plant grows and it is unlike any plant ever seen. Wesley creates Weslandia, his own civilization using this plant and the products he makes from it.

It's a great story for kids to...more
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Wesley does not fit in with the other children in his neighborhood or with what his parents consider "normal". Wesley begins to create his own civilization over summer break.

This book would be great as a social studies book when learning about civilizations. The main character begins with a plant that he can use in many ways. He then uses this plant for food, clothing, shelter, and lotions. Another way to use this book is to talk about bullies. The main character is kind of “odd” and does not fi...more
Weslandia, by Paul Fleischman, is a science fiction picture book about a little boy who didn't have many friends so he decided to maintain a garden that was planted by seeds blowing in the wind. He turned the garden into his own little world where he could eat from it, make clothes, invent games and even his own "Weslandia" language. His garden was the only thing that had truly made him happy in a very long time, and he even made a lot of friends because of his garden. This book is great for chi...more
Jordan Brown
Author: Paul Fleischman
Reading Level: Ages 6-10

Fleischman, Paul (1999) Weslandia Cambridge Mass: Candlewick Press

Weslandia follows the story of a boy who does not conform and keeps true to himself. He plants a garden, which grows wildly. From this garden, the boy creates a civilization and culture of his own.

From the get-go, one notices how fantastically illustrated the town is. You know instantly that the book will be vivid and imaginative. The illustrations are lush and a feast for th...more
A celebration of creativity and marching to the beat of your own drummer. With its giant plants and unique world, it reminds me a bit of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Leah Pileggi
In Paul Fleischman’s Weslandia, Wesley isn’t like any other boy in his town. He dislikes pizza and hates football. His neighborhood bores him. He wants something different, and now that it’s summer, he’s going to design one heck of a summer project. Using what he learned in the last week of school, he digs a garden and lets whatever wants to grow, grow. And boy does it. Not veggies like his neighbors, but unusual fruits and tubers and fibers. The beginnings of his own civilization. Kids get inte...more
The dust jacket illustration of Weslandia adds the interest of the title since you can see Wesley dressed standing amongst his staple food crop in his civilization's traditional clothing. The opening page is out of the ordinary because it shows the new alphabet which Wesley created for his new civilization. The size of the print is fairly large, but it is evident the book is for an older reader who still enjoys picture books since the passages can be lengthy and introduce new vocabulary. The fon...more
I wish i could give this book 10 stars. it is the best picture book EVER!!! it totally left me wanting to make my own civilization
Man, I wish kids would read this and create a new civilization, this one sucks. Seriously, who devised the 40 hour work week?
Sandy Brehl
Until now Paul Fleischman's WESLANDIA, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, was my favorite of his many titles.
In this story Wes launches his summer vacation in his own backyard, equipped only with what he has learned in school, that the core of every enduring civilization is a staple food crop. That knowledge in the hands of a boy with insatiable curiosity and ingenious creativity needed only a summery night breeze to deposit a few seeds of unknown origin. An entire civilization takes root in his yard...more
I chose this book as another of Fleischman's books -- a picture book, with illustrations by Kevin Hawkes (very evocative, perfect illustrations for this story). This is about a young man--Wesley--whose parents worry about him because his seems miserable because he "sticks out" . . . "like a nose." We soon learn that his unique interests and tastes made him different from all his would-be friends. But he liked what he liked and was having a great time with his unusual pursuits. When summer began,...more
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 hi...moreWESLANDIA 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 t...more
This is a very enthicing book that kept me intersted from begining to end. What I like in the story is the sense of discovery and independence that Wesley has. He was an outcast in his school and neighborhood, but being an outcast did not deter him of creating his own and very original summer project; he created his own civilization. I really admire in people when they overcome obstacles in life and succed in what they believe.

Coming back to the story,this book can have multiple connections and...more
Amy Musser
Wesley didn’t fit in with the other people in his neighborhood. Even his parents thought he was strange. He didn’t have any friends instead all the kids tormented him. Wesley knew he was an outcast in his own civilization, so when summer rolled around Wesley decided he would grow his own staple food crop and found his own civilization, Weslandia. He turns over a plot of land in his backyard and soon a new and unknown plant begins to grow and grow and grow until it towers over Wesley. Wesley dis...more
Weslandia is about a little boy named Wesley who doesn't fit in with anyone where he lives. At the end of the school year he learns about civilizations and staple food crops. Over the summer he decides to grow his own staple food crop and found his own civilization. He names his crop Swist and civilization Weslandia. He uses the crop as food. He uses it oils as sunscreen and mosquito repellent. He creates his own letter system, counting system, and way for telling time. He makes his own clothes...more
Paul Fleischman's "Weslandia" is a very interesting picture book. This book is about a young boy, Wesley, who is very unique. He does not have interests in the things that other kids like, "he alone in his town disliked pizza and soda..." Wesley was tormented by the other students until his founding of "Weslandia." This book would be great for older readers because of the portrayal of different components of a society. Wesley plants a new crop, tells time, comes up with a number system, develops...more
Lashae Rhodes
The author uses the craft of beginning in the story. They gradually brings up to the plot of the story by introducing the main character, the type of life he lives, his interest, and why he decided to build Weslandia. It was a short, straight to the point entry into the story without rushing into how he built Weslandia. The craft was used well because the author didn’t give too much unnecessary detail and wasted time explaining the irrelevant information. He left the detail to how Wesley built a...more
Melissa Fordonski
Paul Fleishman and Kevin Hawkes
The author and illustrator of Weslandia put a fresh look on thinking outside the box with this story. The story begins with a young boy overhearing his parents talking negatively about him because his interests and appearance are not normal, in comparison to that of his peers. Instead of feeling low about being different, Wesley embraces it and spends his entire summer creating a world relies upon a mysterious flower that has been planted by the wind in hi...more
Rebecca Ann
This book is about a misfit boy-genius who is bullied and has no friends. Over the summer he decides to grow his own crop and create his own civilization, putting what he learned in school to use. A magical seed is swept into his garden and a luscious fruit is grown. We get to see how he makes his own games, alphabet, counting system, foods, clothes and much more. In the end, the other children are drawn to his civilization and he finally makes friends.

To me it felt a little unfair that the bull...more
Andrea Carter
‘Weslandia’ is a fabulous book, which tells the story of an outcast boy by the name of Wesley who creates his own world. Poor Wesley who knows he is a bit different than anyone else in his town gets out of school for the summer and decides to create his own summer project. It all starts with a plot of land in his back yard which grows into something much more. Eventually Wesley’s plot of land develops into an entire civilization. He has no need to ever leave this place. His land produces food, c...more
This is a picture book story about a boy who is being mocked and bullied at school. He is a lot different than the kids at school who all shave half of their heads to be cool. For his summer project he decides to grow a sustainable food source in his back yard and he does just that. This crop is delicious and it serves for many other purposes as well. He can make clothes out of it, and oil ad bug repellant and so many different things. The town finally has an appreciation for the boy and he is s...more
This is a story about a boy finding his true self. He doesn’t fit in with the “civilization around him,” so when summer begins, he decides to create one himself by using a fact he learned in school (every civilization has a staple food crop). Soon he starts to grow a garden filled with strange fruit-bearing plants. He finds out he can use these plants for food, shelter, clothing, and leisure time activities. His classmates start to come around and share in on the fun he has created with his own...more
Abbey Maraugha
This book has excellent word choice and would be wonderful in a writing lesson! I love the descriptions throughout the story. So creative and it really allows for wonderful imagination
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I love this story of this book in terms of the inventiveness of the protagonist and sustainability techniques demonstrated by his reliance on local, renewable resources. It does lack some good female characters though- even the backgrounds seem to contain almost entirely boys. The illustrations seem to be more good than great, although they do contain some interesting perspectives. The acrylic paints feel a bit blurry although they generally contain bright colors. It could also be the lack of ou...more
Aug 04, 2011 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jill by: teaching blogger
I feel like this book could have been written by none other than Matt Reynolds.

Wesley is a misfit who doesn't go along with cultural norms. He doesn't want to do his hair the same way as everyone, he hates sports that everyone loves, and the monotony of his town just gets him down. After learning about civilizations in school, he makes it his summer project to create his own civilization.

This was a really interesting picture book about being different, things that make up civilizations and cultu...more
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Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California. The son of well-known children's novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father's books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written. This experience continued throughout his childhood.
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