Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Written by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by K.G. Campbell
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, 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 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.
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This fun and quirky book embeds image analysis into the text. There are full-page illustrations, small illustrations, and comic-style pages throughout the book that add to and advance the plot of the story. These illustrations are not to be skipped! Encourage students to study and analyze each image they encounter while reading. Print image analysis bookmarks for students to use to guide their analysis.
Questions for Discussion:
- Examine the image.
- What do you notice first?
- Find something small but interesting.
- Who are the characters in the image or comic?
- How do the comics add to the text?
- How do the images help you comprehend the story?
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Image Analysis Bookmark PDF (created by JMarek): FloraANDUlysses_ReadersBookmark