Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Talk Thursday-Weslandia

I've decided to start a new theme-Book Talk Thursdays.  Inspired by The Book Whisperer, when Donalyn Miller suggests reading more books for children, I've decided to do just that.  Every Thursday, I will review a children or young adult book that I am currently enjoying.  
I just discovered the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman and I am in love!  Wesley is an odd boy.  He has no friends, and he just doesn't fit in.  Sparked by what he learned in school about civilizations, he decides to create a summer project-his own civilization complete with it's own staple food crop, clothing, counting system, games, and alphabet.  This is such a great book about creativity, differences, and even civilizations and the possibilities of using this book in the classroom are endless!  I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have!  


  1. I love your idea for Book Talk Thursday! Maybe I'll start doing that too. This book sounds really interesting! I'll add it to my to-read list. :) Thanks!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. LOVE THIS BOOK! I read it to my above grade-level third graders last year. Many of them could relate to Wesley and his problems. We created our own worlds. The kids liked it!

  3. Now that I'm teaching 4th grade I've found I cannot read all the books that are out there for my students...When I taught lower elementary I read (& owned) every picture that came out.

    Thanks for this great Thursday blog idea.

    A Time to Share & Create


    Fabulous 4th Grade

  4. LOVE this book!! I just heard about in a GT training that I went to. Did you know that there is a chapter book that compliments this's called Seedfolks. I am def going to use Westlandia next year.
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade

  5. Love this idea! I am going to have to check this one out!

  6. Thank you everyone! I really love this book, and I'm so glad that I'm able to share something new with you!

    Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens

  7. We read Weslandia as part of our Reading Street basal. The kids love it! There are many small details in the story...the kids love to study the pictures and find them.

  8. I love this book! The pictures and details just draw the reader into a whole new world.