Picture Book - 1999 | 1st ed
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Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763600068
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Hawkes, Kevin


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Sep 06, 2016

When school's out for the summer, misfit Wesley needs a summer project. Why not start his own civilization, based on a staple food crop? Combines history, agriculture, math, and a not-hitting-you-over-the-head lesson in pursuing your own interests. Boy Detective wasn't quite old enough at four to "get" some of the evolution of Weslandian society, but he enjoyed the story anyway. Re-reading it, I'm realizing I'd forgotten the sharp anti-suburban edge. (I'd also forgotten how ridiculous Wesley's mom's hair is.) Definitely a book that adults and kids will appreciate on different levels.

JCLBeckyC Aug 21, 2015

This excellent book celebrates the great iconoclast Wesley, a misfit boy who invents his own civilization during summer break. I'd rather befriend Wesley than his tormentors any day! Great anti-bullying book. Highly recommended, especially for elementary school aged kids (and adults!) who feel like outsiders.

sential Nov 14, 2013

This is such a great book - Wesley is different from everyone else, and bullied, but then over the summer, he creates his own civilization with a new breed of plant, and by the end of the story, he returns to school with many new friends. Too long for a story-time, but could be a great book-club book, or longer picture book for school age

dtatton Feb 14, 2011

This is a great book about finding a way to do your own thing while also somehow fitting in. The illustrations are beautiful.

Summerteamtwo Jul 11, 2010

A special book about being yourself in spite of pressures from others. Used during the Destination Jungle program, "Growing Wild" at the following branches: Greely, Richmond, North Gower, Metcalfe and Vernon.

Feb 22, 2005

The brilliant blue cover and strange red flowers are what first attracted my attention to this book a couple of years ago. Then there was the first picture inside of a young man leaning towards his heat register listening to his parents discuss him in detail. How horrible! Poor kid! And what they say sets Wesley on a course that will change the landscape of his life. Despite his nerdy differences he becomes the person who makes others want to learn more about his strangely beautiful summer project. Other kids, and some grownups, which feel like outsiders in their own lives will love this story.

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