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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
by Kate DiCamillo,

Junior Library Guild Selection

TLA Bluebonnet Nominee
2014 Kids Wings Award Book

Much to her mother's dismay, Flora Belle Buckman was an avid fan of comic books, especially The illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto! Little did Flora's mother know how much her cynical daughter depended on the inspiration of The Amazing Incandesto who defined the word "superhero"! It framed her sphere of knowledge that would serve her well for the astonishing events to come.

Fortunately, Flora's bedroom window overlooked the Tickham back yard. Otherwise she may not ever have seen the accident that transformed a normal, hungry squirrel into a dead squirrel. And she may not have been able to run downstairs in time to shake his little squirrelly body out of the rampaging Ulysses Super-Suction, Multi-terrain 2000X vacuum cleaner in time to give him successful mouth-to-mouth resusitation so that he could wake up, transformed into a superhero squirrel!

What did the squirrel remember about his near-death experience? Turn the page and you'll hear the incident from his point of view ... blackness ... a beautiful bright light ... a voice that spoke to him, sang to him ... floating on a cloud of light ... the feeling of perfect joy ... he had never been so happy. Then, the light faded into darkness again. He heard a loud noise and another voice counting and shouting "Breathe!" just before he took a deep, convulsing breath and returned, more than a squirrel. He was alive with life, purpose, light, happiness, understanding, and strength, but because he was, after all, still a squirrel, he was still hungry! Flora named him Ulysses after the vacuum cleaner who started his journey.

The events in Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures will amaze you! In this, your first story about a superhero squirrel, you will go hand-in-hand with Flora and Ulysses to witness acts of heroism as Ulysses's superpowers unfold. He will conquer villains, lift the downtrodden, bring hope to the hopeless, and fly, or ... at least lift heavy vacuum cleaners with one paw, type poems, and make Flora's father laugh. Fate brings Flora and Ulysses to meet the kindly Dr. Meeschum who relates her childhood experiences in Blundermeecen and thereby teaches Flora some deep understandings. The story reaches deep into human experience when Ulysses, the superhero squirrel helps turn an unwanted cynic into a believer and delivers a "temporarily blind" boy who has been banished from his family into the arms of a loving home.


Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures received the 2014 Newbery Medal, no small feat for such a small-pawed super-squirrel story, but an exclamation point on Kate DiCamillo's writing prowess! It is her third Newbery award!
Flora and Ulysses is filled with a multiplicity of unusual formats and merged writing techniques that sprinkle the story with surprises. This one has it all!

It is part graphic novel where the illustrations tell the story.
For example, the introduction starts the action in graphic format with pencil drawings in comic frames complete with speech bubbles.
It is part illustrated novel with text and part graphic novel.
In Chapter 1, full-page drawing illlustrates Flora leaning looking out her window but also and extends the text by showing her leaning on her handbook for dealing with impending tragedies,
Terrible Things Can Happen to You.
The lively point of view switches by chapter. For example, Chapter 2 is complete with illustration and text written in an omniscient voice focused on Flora Belle Buckman as she witnesses the malfeasance that occurs in the Tickman back yard. An omniscient voice focused on the squirrel who tells the story in next chapter to give readers an inside view of "The Mind of the Squirrel." The short Chapter 3 is told in an omniscient voice to give the reader a "God's eye-view," but in Chapter 4, the omniscient voice focuses on Flora, what she is thinking, and what she and Mrs. Tickham are doing and saying.

Mixed formats appear, too! In some chapters the story is told through both text and comic book graphics with equal strength. Chapter 7 begins with a 1/2 page text that then continues the events in a page and a half of graphic, comic book frames. You must read both to understand the flow of the story.
Figurative language in the story helps the reader visualize the story and its many puns add even more fun.
An astounding vocabulary is one of Flora and Ulysses's strengths. Our Kids Wings unit helps prepare those who prefer preparation for this windfall of literary treasure and also provides scaffolding for those who prefer to discover new vocabulary as they read. We believe that quality literature like Flora and Ulysses provides an opportunity for students to enjoy mastering their language!

You will want a class set of this novel! Not only is it hysterical, surprising, and heartwarming, but it provides a naturally wonderful vehicle for mastering skills together, interactively that feed the love of reading! To purchase your class set at a 20% discount, contact Kids Wings!


Research Links for
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
by Kate DiCamillo

Greenwillow Press Book Trailer for Flora and Ulysses

Kate DiCamillo Webpage
About Kate DiCamillo
Video Interview with Kate DiCamillo

Illustrator K. G. Campbell

Poetry Critique
Marilyn Singer's "What Makes a Good Poem?"
(This site includes Poet Jane Yolen's "A Poem Is")

Ken Nesbitt's Poetry For Kids (You'll LOVE them!)
Don't miss Ken Nesbitt's "My Teacher Calls Me Sweetie Cakes"
Poems for Teaching Meter in Poetry (high school)

Can you do the Heimlich Maneuver on a Squirrel?
Web MD: Choking Rescue Procedure

Who Was Ulysses?
Homer's Odyssey
Fact Monster: Odysseus (Ulysses)
Duckster's Ancient Greece
Scary for Kids: Cyclops
Ancient History

Could the squirrel have had rabies?
Kids Health: Rabies

Neuroscience for Kids: Rabies

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Souperchicken (picture book)
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man (picture book)
Animated Cartoon: Chicken Run (only $5)

Other Award-Winning Novels with Animals as Main Characters

You can purchase the Kids Wings 74-page literature guide PLUS 53-slide interactive Jeopardy-type game for Flora and Ulysses, The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo for immediate download! Only $19.95!
Click here to purchase and download this Kids Wings Literature Guide through Teachers Pay Teachers


The 74-page Kids Wings literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures will be available soon!

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
4-Page Choral Reading Script: Superheroes
Themes Woven Into the Story
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools, Dialectical Journal
Hearing Voices, Identifying Point of View
Character Studies as They Appear in the Story
Vocabulary Lists and Chapter Questions in 13 Grouped Chapters
Identify the Point of View of Each Chapter
Figures of Speech: Get the Picture?
Big6 Research as Topics Appear in the Chapters including:
Ulysses, The Heimleich Maneuver, Rabies
Multiple Choice and Short-Answer Questions
Visualizing the Story
Crossword Puzzle: A Multiplicity of Problems
5-in-a-Row Vocabulary Review Games
9 Guides to Turning a Chapter into Dramatic Reading
Logic Puzzle: Is Dr. Meescham a Cynic, Too?
Cloze Comprehension
Writing a Summary of Chapter 67
Discussion and Writing Prompts

Answer Pages
Holy Unanticipated Poetry: An Analyzing and Writing Poetry Section
Choose Your Own Poetry Frame for Display
Blank Make-Your-Own 5-In-A-Row Vocabulary Board
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

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