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Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Félicitations, grande dame! Le Prix Nobel de littérature 2013 a été décerné, ce jeudi 10 octobre, à l'écrivain canadienne ALICE MUNRO. Née en 1931, elle avait déjà remporté de nombreux prix littéraires, dont le Man Booker International en 2009.
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Everyone gets rejected: Rejection letters of Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro found at Harry Ransom Center.
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Kate DiCamillo wins Newbery Medal; Printz, Caldecott awards announced
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo. Fun and quirky, although at times edging into self-consciously-cutesy territory. I enjoyed the format of the book (mostly text, with occasional cartoon sequences). And this book has to have one of the best beginnings ever. I was sucked in as surely as Ulysses the Squirrel was by Tootie's vacuum cleaner!
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2014 - Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo - Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
Flora & Ulysses, The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo. A fun book for middle-grade & accelerated readers. 10-yr old Flora watches as a squirrel gets sucked up by a vacuum cleaner & emerges a super hero! Full of wonderful words that need written in poems, arch-nemesis', and jelly sandwiches. Awesome illustrations.
The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and what's more American than SUPER HEROES! So, without further ado, I bring you the first book I've ever heard of featuring a Superhero squirrel. Happy Independence Day, Americans! Happy Wednesday, everyone else! Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo My rating: 4 of 5 stars Even though Middle Grade is a little, well, young for me, I'd still like to read all the Newbery Award Winners. I have maybe 20 left to go, and in the past few years, I've slacked a bit. So I grabbed this one from the library, figuring I could listen to it with my son in the car. I wasn't expecting much, even though I've read and enjoyed many of DiCamillo's novels. Like a lot of books I read, I didn't read the back before starting the book. So I was a bit startled when I realized the book was about a superhero squirrel. That's right. A squirrel who is also a (suspected) superhero. At least our other title character, Flora, would like to believe when the magically blessed Ulysses enters her life. Ulysses isn't your average superhero. His feats of strength include lifting a vacuum cleaner over his head for no apparent reason. His arch nemesis is a romance writer. He vanquishes nothing more than a large cat. And he is more concerned with giant (and gianter) doughnuts than saving the world. But he may just be able to save Flora. With wit and humor, DiCamillo proves that superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, and that even when broken, we can still shine (much like a headless shepherdess lamp).
Yes, I get super excited when I learn about new books. It is almost like the feeling when you wake up the morning of your birthday. I still get super excited when it is my birthday. If you know me in real life, you are totally nodding your head right now. :) On Monday, the American Library Association announced the 2013 Newbery Medal winner at its convention in Philadelphia. The winner is Flora and Ulysees. Have you read this book? Since it came out in September, im sure most of you have not. Well, get to your nearest bookstore or amazon shopping cart and cha-ching! It is so cute. It is about a 10 year old who can't imagine her life without comic books. You might also learn about a flying squirrel who is the next Langston Hughes. I suggest this novel for upper elementary. The reason I do not go into to much detail about the plot and such is well because I like readers to create their own "summary". That is what I love about books we can all learn something new. Anywho...sorry for the birdwalk. Do your students love quirky, silly, light-hearted books? If so, this one is for them! This one is for surezzzz going on my read-aloud list. Do you have a read-aloud list? As you might know, I LOVE books. There are so many I want to share with my students or kids I tutor. The list goes on for days. Now, I have a pretty incredible memory, but sometimes I cant think of that one book I want to read. Problem Solved- I have started a Read-Aloud list. Everytime, I hear of a book that would excite kids I add it to my list. I create a new list each year. As we all know children have different strengths and interests so a new list each year is the way to go. Before a book can be added to my list there are a few prerequisites. 1. I have to read it before it can be added to list 2. My students must not know a lot about the book. (I like sharing new books) 3. Grade/age appropriate 3a. Shares common interests- Student can relate to topic. 4. We can create wonderful engaging book conservations Thank you reading. Please grab my copy of "Read-Aloud List". Click here or on the picture for your free copy. Post on instagram when you have started listing your wishes and tag @ramonarecommends Clip Art- Melonheadz Font- KG Fonts Border-Borders by Kelly B and Background Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs What is your favorite read aloud? Share below in comments. I love learning about new chapter books and pictures books. Come link-up and share what is going on in your classroom or TpT store with...
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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate Di Camillo, illustrated by K. G. Campbell (Candlewick, 2014) Release date: September 24, 2013. This new novel by Newbery winner di Camillo will not disappoint her many fans. The genre-busting story involves a lonely 10-year old girl, Flora, who is obssessed by superhero comics. Without giving too much away, she rescues a squirrel who's been vacuumed by her neighbor's high-tech powerful vacuum cleaner, named Ulysses. Flora adopts the squirrel, who gets named after the vacuum cleaner (with a wink to Greek super-heroes of yore). The squirrel has undergone a metamorphosis of sorts, transformed into a mini-super-hero himself, able to understand humans, lift up vacuum cleaners with one paw, and even write poetry. The unique friendship and adventures of Flora and Ulysses and their friends populate this delightful novel, which shines with a variety of perfectly realized characters. Kudos to di Camillo for her ability to create another small masterpiece of children's fiction. The pencil drawings by K. G. Campbell are pitch perfect as well, combining traditional illustrations with graphic novel style elements. Elvis and the Underdogs, by Jenny Lee (Balzer + Bray, 2013). This is a hilarious and touching story of a 10-year old boy, Benji, who has been sickly from birth. Because he has a tendency to faint without warning, he is given a choice between wearing a god-awful enormous helmet to protect him in case of a fall, or a therapy dog. Needless to say, he chooses the dog. The dog is not just your run-of-the-mill therapy dog, though--he's a 200 pound Newfoundland named Parker Elvis Pembroke IV whose whines and barks sound like spoken English to Benji--and only to Benji.. It turns out there's been a mix-up and Elvis was supposed to go to the White House to serve the president. Elvis is incredibly bossy and full of self-importance, but brings out the dog lover in everyone, bringing new friends and a whole new world to Benji. A real winner for middle-grade readers, this would also make a great read-aloud.
Flora Belle Buckman is what her mother calls a natural-born cynic. As the child of divorced and somewhat eccentric parents, Flora spends a lot of time in her room reading her favorite comic book, The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto, much to her mother's chagrin, as she thinks Flora should be reading real literature. One day, Flora notices something very strange outside her bedroom window. A rogue vacuum, the Ulysses 2000x, is out of control in her neighbor's backyard and vacuums up an unassuming squirrel. Not sure if the squirrel is alive or dead, Flora runs down the stairs and out of her house to try to rescue him from his prison, and is compelled to perform CPR on the unresponsive critter. What happens next is nothing short of extraordinary. The squirrel, having been resuscitated by Flora, now seems to have special powers, and Flora is determined to use him to help try to rid the world of evil. Or something. All superheros, however, must have an arch-nemesis, and Flora, to her horror, discovers that her superhero friend's mortal enemy is her own mother. Armed with a band of unconventional sidekicks such as her neighbor Mrs. Tickham, along with Mrs. Tickham's temporarily blind great-nephew William Spiver (who prefers to be called William Spiver, thank you very much), and the philosophizing Dr. Meescham, Flora and Ulysses seek to "conquer villains, defend the defenseless, and protect the weak. Or something." Flora & Ulysses is a kooky little book. At first, it can be hard to wade through the eccentricities to find a purpose other than just straight-up nonsense, but stick with it. Despite the head scratching that is sure to go on at the beginning of the novel, the writing is what keeps the reader amused and interested. The voice and cadence are quirky to say the least. But a little over halfway through, while the quirk continues, the heart and soul of the story finally begins to reveal itself. Kate DiCamillo's reaction to the news that she had won the 2014 Newbery medal for Flora & Ulysses through her tears was, "But it's a book about a squirrel!" Oh no dear Kate. This book is about so much more than a squirrel. This is a book about love and about melting even the most cynical of hearts, which in the end, was Ulysses' true superhero power. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell Published: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Candlewick Pages: 233 Genre: Fantasy Audience: Middle Grade Disclosure: Purchased Copy If you buy this book or any book through Amazon, it is my hope that you also regularly patronize independent bookstores, which are important centerpieces of thriving communities. While I am an Amazon Affiliate, that by no means implies that I only buy my books through their website. Please make sure you are still helping small, independent bookstores thrive in your community. To locate an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.
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November 10-14 is National Young Readers Week, an annual event to encourage children to read! It was co-founded by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Pizza Hut! I think there is no greater incentive for anything than pizza, but the program also gets celebrities, both national and local, to read to children in order to reinforce the positive example of reading. But back to pizza! Here are some events you can hold during National Young Readers Week to encourage young readers everywhere!
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