Book Review – Flora and Ulysses By Kate DiCamillo


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Let me start off by saying, a HUGE pet peeve of mine is when authors write a popular children’s book and next thing you know, there are TWENTY books with the same theme or characters.  Nothing against Mary Pope Osbourne, but I think you’ve made enough money off Jack and Annie! Ok, rant over!  Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo is NOTHING like her other books but is just fantastic in it’s own way. It begins with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him.  What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. My students LOVED this book. Everyday for two weeks they spent 20 minutes right after lunch mesmerized.  At one point the teacher next door came in to see what they were laughing at! I will give this book 8 out of 10 stars!

 

We liked this book so much I created a novel unit guide to follow along with the book. It is set up so it can be used as a unit plan for the teacher, or used by students in literature circles. It is broken up into a 14 day plan, and includes chapter questions, projects, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. This would also be a great resource for a homeschooler to follow along with the book. You can go to my teacherspayteachers.com store and check it out. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Flora-and-Ulysses-By-Kate-DiCamillo-Reading-Group-Activity-guide-1182659

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