Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamilloIt all started with a vacuum cleaner. Usually, that's not the way superhero stories start, but this one isn't like any we've read before. When Mrs. Tootie Tickham is vacuuming her lawn yes, vacuuming , she accidently sucks up a squirrel. She feels awful about killing the little guy, but her next-door neighbor, Flora, comes running out to help. Flora might be a natural-born cynic, but she's read her fair share of what to do in disastrous events like this, so she gives the little guy mouth-to-mouth and—miraculously—he's alive.
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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Summary & Study Guide
After all, how sad can it be when one of the main characters is a squirrel who becomes a poet after the life-changing experience of being sucked up by a giant vacuum cleaner and rescued by Flora who names him "Ulysses. It all starts when the next-door neighbor, Mrs. Twickham, receives a new vacuum cleaner that is so powerful that it sucks up everything in sight, indoors and out, including a squirrel, which is how Flora comes to meet Ulysses. As Flora Belle would say, "Holy bagumba! As the story unfolds with the "illuminated adventures" of Flora and Ulysses, the reader learns that Flora is a very cynical child who expects the worst at all times. Now that her parents are divorced and she is living with her mother, Flora misses having her father around all the time.
While reading a comic book her mother has asked her not to read, Flora sees the neighbor accidentally vacuum up a squirrel in her backyard. Flora comes to the rescue of the squirrel, who immediately exhibits unusual abilities. Flora believes the squirrel is a superhero and that her mother is its arch-nemesis. For this reason, Flora sets out to save her squirrel from her mother only to find it is the squirrel who saves them. Flora and Ulysses is an entertaining novel of family dynamics that takes both Flora and the reader on a journey of self-discovery. Flora Belle Buckman has signed a contract with her mother in which she has agreed to stop reading so many comic books in favor of better literature. However, Flora shared the comic books about the unassuming janitor Alfred T.
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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! - Campbell , published in by Candlewick Press. It tells the story of Flora Belle and a squirrel named Ulysses.