GT After-school Literature for T1
We only provoide the study materials. Parents need to purchase the following books on their own.
Award-winning Literature Books
- We pace the reading in 12 weeks.
- We create activities in brainstorming the events in each chapter.
- We hold weekly quizzes for more fun.
Early-Bird: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Flora is a self-described cynic, trying to navigate the challenges of having divorced parents. When her neighbor inadvertently vacuums up a squirrel in her yard, Flora performs CPR on him. Flora soon comes to realize that Ulysses is not an ordinary animal. She views him as a superhero because he is strong, can fly, type, understands English, and write poetry. Flora's mom is a romance writer who seems to pay more attention to her romance novels and a shepherdess lamp than she does her daughter. Since the divorce, Flora's dad, George, seems sadder and quieter. Flora turns to her favorite comic, The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto, to escape the heartache in her life. Flora (10) becomes friends with another boy William Spiver (11), similar to Flora as a divergent thinker, dealing with his own family problems.
Author Kate DiCamillo weaves a touching story about these two offbeat children and a squirrel that Flora's mom thinks is rabid and diseased. While there is plenty of silliness and laugh-out-loud moments, there are many valuable lessons for kids to learn from this book. As a retired elementary teacher, I believe most children at the upper elementary level will enjoy this book.