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Encyclopedia > The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Author Julie Andrews Edwards
Language English
Genre(s) Fantasy
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date 1974
ISBN ISBN 0-06-021805-3
 

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is a children's book written by Julie Andrews Edwards, the pen name of Julie Andrews, the singer and actress. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is a BAFTA, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... ISBN-13 represented as EAN-13 bar code (in this case ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0) The International Standard Book Number, ISBN, is a unique[1] commercial book identifier barcode. ... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is a BAFTA, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ...


Three siblings; Ben, Thomas, and Melinda; meet Professor Savant while visiting the zoo one rainy day. After a second meeting, they begin spending time at the Professor's house, where he introduces them to games of concentration and observation. Eventually he reveals that there is a magic land that can only be reached through the imagination, and that he is training them to accompany him there.


Whangdoodleland is the home of the last whangdoodle that lived in the world. Once he, and other creatures now considered imaginary, lived in our world. However, he became distressed that people were losing their imaginations, so he created a magic world over which he reigns. Soon the professor and the children are exploring this world.


Each time the children return, they venture farther and farther into Whangdoodleland, their goal to reach the palace where the Last Whangdoodle resides. But all is not peaches-and-cream. The Whangdoodle's Prime Minister, the Oily Prock, does not want them to disturb His Highness, and sets up a number of traps, both in Whangdoodleland and the real world, in the hopes of preventing this meeting. He enlists the marvelous and funny creatures of the land in his effort: the High Behind Splintercat, the Sidewinders, the Oinck, the Gazooks, and others. The children use their talents, their imaginations, their creativity, their intelligence, and the friendship of another denizen, the Whiffle Bird, to outwit trap after trap, but do they have what they need to reach the Whangdoodle's castle?


The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles is a modern allegory, intended to teach readers the problems that can result from impulsiveness, lack of planning, lack of belief in oneself, and other hazards in modern society. Some of these lessons are overt and some are subtle, but they never seem heavy handed, perhaps because it seems natural for the professor to instruct the children. It is a classic children's book, and a pleasure for adults as well.


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4th Grade to Middle School Books (1003 words)
In "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles", author Julie Edwards tells a spellbinding story that takes children to magic Whangdoodleland.
They finally meet the last of the really great Whangdoodles, the king of Whangdoodleland.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a great chapter book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.
The Julie Andrews Collection (206 words)
The Whangdoodle was once the wisest, the kindest, and the most extraordinary creature in the world.
It was an almost perfect place where the last of the really great Whangdoodles could rule his kingdom with "peace, love and a sense of fun"-- apart from and forgotten by people.
Only by skill and determination were the four travelers able to discover the last of the really great Whangdoodles and grant him his heart's desire.
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