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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
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Candlewick Press (first published June 2nd 1999)
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Small Creek
Apr 02, 2009 Small Creek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 31, 2015 Philip rated it really liked it
At the beginning of this school year, a teacher told me she was planning on using this book when she started teaching ancient civilizations. So, I went to the library and checked it out.

Inside the book, I found this note:

Note Found in Book

Now, being from a rather small town, I recognized both the names on the note, and I know that this person also teaches ancient civilizations in a different school district. (I'll have to ask if the school ever coughed up the money to buy the books themselves... I hope so, but qu
Kacie Blakley
Oct 23, 2014 Kacie Blakley rated it it was amazing
Wesley is a young boy that isn't afraid to stray from the status quo. Even his parents think he is a little bit odd. So what does Wesley do over his summer vacation? He builds his own civilization, complete with his own language. Everyone is completely blown away when he begins to grow plants in his own backyard that are unknown to man. It soon turns into a business and place for children of all ages to play. Soon, the summer comes to an end and Wesley has to go back to school, where he was prev ...more
Bryanna Johnson
Apr 06, 2015 Bryanna Johnson rated it it was amazing
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman is an enchanting tale of a boy who didn't fit in with those around him in his community or even at school. He was bullied and misunderstood by his parents and other adults for his "unnormal" behavior. When given the opportunity to create a summer project Wesley took his opportunities to its fullest. He used his knowledge from school to create a land of his own creation; a place where he could fit in. His land grew and grew to the point where Wesley could create every ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Trace rated it it was amazing
We ADORED this book... it totally honors those of us who don't "fit in" with the rest of the world. It also promotes what I call leadership education.... very, very inspiring and uplifting.
Oct 20, 2010 Fiver rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2013 Nichole rated it really liked it
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
Jan 09, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
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
Nov 23, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-kids
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
Feb 17, 2010 Aimee added it
Shelves: pbgs-1-choice
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
John Cruz
Nov 30, 2015 John Cruz rated it really liked it
This book is wonderful!! Wesley, the main character is an outcast. He decides that for his summer project he is going to make up his own civilization, because he has been exiled form his own civilization. His sense of exile is understandable but to Wesley listening in on his parents having a conversation about him where his mother says he is miserable and an outcast. Instead of letting this information hurt him he decides that he is going to live his life for himself and start his own civilizati ...more
May 03, 2015 Paola rated it it was amazing
Wesley is a young boy that isn't afraid to be different and have different opinions or views. Even his parents think he is a little bit odd. So when summer arrives Wesley builds his own civilization, complete with his own language. Everyone is completely blown away when he begins to grow plants in his own backyard that are unknown to man. It soon turns into a business and place for children of all ages to play. Soon, the summer comes to an end and Wesley has to go back to school, where he was pr ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Annie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-reader
Weslandia is a picture book about a boy who, after being outcast by the other children, decides to create his own country. He tills the ground, and seeds blow through. From these plants he creates his civilization.

This was a great story about how a person can overcome trials and adversity, as well as how to respond to people who are mean to you. The children discover that Wesley may be weird, but he is weird in a very cool way, and join in with him to play his new games, wear his new clothes, an
Scott Mescher
Apr 16, 2015 Scott Mescher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-readers
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman is an absolute classic and is one of my favorite picture books. The book tells the story of Wesley who is a young boy who is in need of a summer project. Therefore he begins to build his own civilization, one where he is the ruler and everything there is his own creation. He calls this place WESLANDIA!In the beginning of the story, Wesley has few friends. However, once others begin to notice his newest creation they all wish to be apart of Weslandia

I personally enjoy
Chasity Russell
Apr 24, 2016 Chasity Russell rated it really liked it
Curricular Connections: This book could be read to teach children about being different. The main character was different and people despised him of that but in my classroom it wouldn’t be like that. They can create anything, and they can be anything in my class.

(2) Creative expression. The student communicates ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate skills. The student expresses thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflecti
Jordan Brown
Mar 17, 2014 Jordan Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-etl-2368
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
Weslandia was an unexpected find, although I’ve always enjoyed Fleischman’s writing. It’s an incredible picture book–beautiful and imaginative–that doesn’t just bring a whimsical fantasy to life (although it does that with aplomb!) but also delves into the concepts of what really makes a civilization. Even better, it breaks the concepts down into pieces that even younger children can readily appreciate–without being didactic about it. It’s a story about creativity and ingenuity. Also a tale abou ...more
موضوعش براام خیلی جالب بود. واقعن خلاقانه بود..
تنها چیزی که نپسندیدم و نتونستم باهاش ارتباط بگیرم کار تصویرگر بود..
تنونسته خلاقیتش رو به کار بیندازه به نظرم..
دلیلی نداره که شکلهای وسلی آباد رو مشابه تصویرگریهایی که در تمون مصر میبینیم بکشه..
حتا در یکی از تصویرهای آخر کتاب که دیگه وسلی موفق شده امپراتوری خودش رو سرو سامان بده، کسی پشت سرش ایستاده و داره با یکی از اون برگهای درخت نخل اونو باد میزنه: خب این دقیقن مشابه امپراتوریهای مصر هست: پس انگار خود وسلی هم یه امپراتوری با همون شخثیت دیکتاتو
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.
Jan 30, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 5-6 yr old kid (with stained-blue lips) at the library walked up to us and said "hey guys?..." then handed this book to us. Completely random. He then handed my youngest two tattered board books. The cover art of Weslandia intrigued me, so I added it to our checkout pile without even browsing it and thanked the kid (who my older daughter decided was Weird with a capital W).

Was this kid a book fairy?! To my surprise this is exactly the type of book I'd have hoped to stumble upon. Wesley wonderf
Leah Pileggi
Feb 19, 2014 Leah Pileggi rated it really liked it
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
Madelyn Adams
Feb 26, 2015 Madelyn Adams rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction:
I liked this book. I thought it had a wonderful story line of embracing individuality and creativity. The illustrations were very appealing and enhanced the setting of the story.

The book would be good to read aloud to 2nd and 3rd grade, because of the strong vocabulary used. For example, “He’d fashioned from a stalk of gazing up at the sky, renaming the constellations.” The story would be a great book to read if some students in the classroom felt like they were outcast
Jan 02, 2014 Taylor rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2009 Callie rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: subversive
Man, I wish kids would read this and create a new civilization, this one sucks. Seriously, who devised the 40 hour work week?
Jul 11, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nancy by: Vivian
Shelves: children-s, favorites
An imaginative book with lovely illustrations and great story. If only these kind of problems were solved so easily.
My son loves this book. And any kids' book that uses the word "myriad" correctly is all right by me.
Apr 23, 2015 Den rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, 2015
I love coming home on Thursdays and finding a new pile of books from the library to look through - I never know which to pick up first.
Today this is one of the books I started with. Wesley is different to other children - he's the geeky one that no one understands and when the school holiday's arrives he decides to build his own civilization. His bullies begin to take an interest in what he is doing and when he returns to school, he is no longer friendless!
Wonderful story-line and superb illustr
Amy Yount
(Chapter 4 recommended reading)

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In Weslandia, a young boy, Wesley, feels outcast from his family and the rest of his community because he thinks a little differently. At the very beginning of summer break, Wesley, makes a personal connection with the last subject that he learns about in science class at school. He gets the idea of creating his own unique crop and starting up his own world. As the wind blew in his new crop, the other gardeners started to question Wesley’s plants. Wesle
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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.
Paul followed in his father's footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released
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