The Wump World

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Overview

A clever parable built on the subject of pollution and the waste of natural resources.

The Wump World is an unspoiled place until huge monsters bring hordes of tiny creatures from the planet Pollutus.

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Overview

A clever parable built on the subject of pollution and the waste of natural resources.

The Wump World is an unspoiled place until huge monsters bring hordes of tiny creatures from the planet Pollutus.

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Children's Literature - Judith Gravitz
The Wumps lead a bucolic life on their own planet. One day they are invaded by the Pollutians, who it seems have overdeveloped and destroyed their own world. The Wumps flee in terror, as brigades of bulldozers and armies of machines are unloaded from the spaceships. Eventually the Pollutians outgrow the Wump's world and quickly depart for yet another. The Wumps are horror-stricken by the mess. Yet amid all the destruction, the Wumps find a patch of green and begin to rebuild.
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"There is a maximum of animation in each scene." Horn Book

"There is a maximum of animation in each scene." Horn Book Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812401578
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/1983
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 601,983
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet's books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.

In both his career as an author and illustrator of children's books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."

At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.

Bill Peet's signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.

"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn't possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Excellant!

    I love all of Bill Peet's books, but this one is my favorite because it provides a kid-friendly version of environmental awareness. My oldest child is nearly five, and this book, as well as Bill Peet's other books, are perfect for children who are ready for longer stories but not yet able to read on their own. My daughter adores this story and really feels for the Wumps. I would not recommend this book for a child under 3 because it is too long to capture their attention and, with it's longer sentences and more advanced vocabulary, it is hard for them to understand. If you buy just one Bill Peet book, let it be this one!

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

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    Great for Discussions

    I thought this was a little gem when I first came across it. It sends a clear and great environmental message with very unforgetable and cute characters, I love the Wumps.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    A Wonderful Eco-Fable

    This is a terrific read-aloud; perfect for Earth Day (or, really, any day). Cartoony, expressive artwork accompanies the clear, heartfelt text. The Pollutians will make you angry, and you'll cheer when the Wumps are finally able to reclaim their world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    I've loved this book since I was little!

    I read this book when I was younger and absolutely loved it. I was so upset when we lost it in a move. A short while ago I was looking for books for my nephew and came across it again. I was so excited that I had to buy a copy! I can't wait for him to enjoy it as much as I have! It has a very simple message about protecting the environment and has great drawings to illustrate.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    Not Bill Peet's best

    While this is an excellent children's book, it's not Bill Peet's best work. If you want a children's book with a similar environmental message, I would choose "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss - more clever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Great Book for Kids

    I taught first through third graders for 23 years and included this book as part of our Earth Day studies. The children asked for it to be read and reread. Bill Peet was a favorite author for my students who wanted to read all of his books and often did so. My own children received The Wump World as a present from their grandmother and loved it and I just read it to my second and third grade grandchildren who have declared it their favotite book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    Awsome Book

    I checked this book out when my son was in Kindergarten, now he is a Senior in high school. I want this book for my Future Grandchildren. That way they can enjoy the book that their father enjoyed as a child. This book was written long ago, but look at what we did to our planet. Now they want to move us to the MOON!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    bill peet is my dr.seuss

    This was the first book that I ever read. It brought me into a new world for the first time. It made me realize how valuable life is. This book holds one of the many keys of life, it makes you care.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    I cant believe i found it again....

    I had this book read to me in second grade. I remeber it, and this book had a profound impact on the person i am today. Ever since then, i was very aware of the dangers of pollution and the importance of a clean earth. I would recommend this to all parents and school teachers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2002

    i love this book

    we read this in my second grade class and it has been my favorite childhood book since. i went out and bought it the next day and read it almost everynight. its a really good book to let kids read to help them understand the importance of keeping our environment clean. and the wumps are sooo cute and innocent, you cant help but cry for them. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2000

    A great book for kids

    My three year old son really enjoys reading this book and understands what will happen if we don't take care of the environment. Plus, the wumps are really cute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 1999

    One of my favorites

    I used to read this book when I was little and it had such a profound influence on my life. I think it is a good way to get our children to understand the importance of preserving our environment.

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