Flora and Ulysses, based on the children’s book by Kate DiCamillo, is about a comic-obsessed little girl who befriends a squirrel and is determined to help him figure out his life’s purpose. The target audience seems to be the upper elementary/early middle school age range (10-12).
It’s a cute movie overall and was an enjoyable watch. However there were some topics that weren’t handled particularly well and enough potential trauma triggers that it would likely be best to pre-screen or at least do some research before turning it on for kiddos, especially if they are particularly sensitive about animals and pets. It may also be one to avoid if kiddos are in the middle of a big transition period such as divorce or a new foster/adoptive placement as big life/family changes were one of the topics that the movie did not do a great job with…
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Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.
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