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The Tale of the Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of the Despereaux (original 2003; edition 2006)

by Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator)

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Title:The Tale of the Despereaux
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Other authors:Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic (2006), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 267 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:Fiction, YA

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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (2003)


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I liked this book because it was told in different perspectives, the first chapter was Despereaux, then Roscuro, Miggery Sow, and then all together. This way of telling the story is great because it allows for the reader to get to know each individual character well, and provides multiple interpretations of the same story! I also liked this book because it had a typical happy ending, much like a fairytale. In the end Despereaux becomes Princess Pea's friend and a hero to the kingdom, and soup is returned to the kingdom menu. The story seems to basically work out for everyone and I like books that leave you uplifted. The big idea of this book was forgiveness, time and time again the characters show that if you forgive life will be better! ( )
  jcuttitta | Mar 24, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this fairy tale like story. The first thing I liked about the story was how it included stories from a mouse named Despereaux Tilling, a rat named Roscuro and a servant girl named Miggy Sow. The three different characters really contributed to bring the story to life bringing all different perspectives and feelings. The three different perspectives also keep the readers interested to see what happens to all three characters and how they relate. When a book consists of many points of view, you can not only see the positives and light in the story but the harsh negatives that lie through other point of views. For example, from Despereaux’s perspective the dungeon is the worst place and are full of mean rats but Roscuro was born in the dungeon and doesn’t picture himself as a mean rat at all.
I also enjoyed how the story every now and then included illustrations for the reader’s reference. Most chapter books do not include any pictures but this book contained just enough pictures to help the reader imagine each character and the events. For example, when Despereaux was first born, the author included a picture for the reader to see how Despereaux’s eyes were wide open.
The big idea in this story was about love and forgiveness. For the reader, it seems that everybody in the story makes mistakes but people can change for the better and with love anything can happen for anyone whether it be a human, rat or mouse. ( )
  Toconn2 | Mar 23, 2015 |
Summary: This book tells of a mouse that falls in love with a human princess and his journey to happiness.

Reflection: I'm not a fan of mice, but this is a cute story. I like that the three tales come together.

Extension: Good ready for children's literature.
  Rebecca90 | Mar 22, 2015 |
Personal Response: Kate DiCamillo is my favorite children's author, so I liked this novel before I even started reading! The sweetness of the mouse, the desperation of Miggory and Roscuro, and the ending triumph and tragedies hold the reader throughout the book. It is a story of justice, love, and courage.

Curricular Connections: More than a specific curricular plan (which is certainly possible), I would use this as a simple read-aloud. The novel lends itself to personal introspection, growth, and assessing our treatment of others. Much conversation could arise, potentially bonding the readers together.
  LeslieRivver | Mar 14, 2015 |
this cute tale of a mouse rescuing a princess can teach kids many important lessons about working hard for what you want, not taking no for an answer, and following your dreams. This would be good to read as a class as well.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
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This funny, original story brings four different strands into a narrative whole, with well-developed fairytale characters. There's Despereaux, the heroic young mouse who would rather read books than gnaw them; Chiaroscuro, a rat living in a dark dungeon, who aspires to a life filled with light; Miggery Sow, a serving girl who longs to be a princess; and, of course, the princess herself, who looks and acts just like the princesses in Despereaux's beloved book of fairytales.
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Kate DiCamilloprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
DiCamillo, Katemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ering, Timothy BasilIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malcolm, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The world is dark, and light is precious. Come closer, dear reader. You must trust me. I am telling you a story.
For Luke, who asked for the story of an unlikely hero
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This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse.
There are those hearts, reader, that never mend again once they are broken. Or if they do mend, they heal themselves in a crooked and lopsided way, as if sewn together by a careless craftsman.
Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, mouse or man, who does not conform.
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I enjoyed the book. I think it would be a good book to read with young children ages 9 and up. The story skips around a lot. Children may benefit from keeping a timeline of events as they read the story, and they will see how it all comes together. I think the idea of forgiveness is major theme of the book, and can be used to help children connect with the concept of forgiveness and what that means to them.
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Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery Honor book Because of Winn-Dixie, spins a tidy tale of mice and men where she explores the "powerful, wonderful, and ridiculous" nature of love, hope, and forgiveness. Her old-fashioned, somewhat dark story, narrated "Dear Reader"-style, begins "within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse." Despereaux Tilling, the new baby mouse, is different from all other mice. Sadly, the romantic, unmouselike spirit that leads the unusually tiny, large-eared mouse to the foot of the human king and the beautiful Princess Pea ultimately causes him to be banished by his own father to the foul, rat-filled dungeon.

The first book of four tells Despereaux's sad story, where he falls deeply in love with Princess Pea and meets his cruel fate. The second book introduces another creature who differs from his peers--Chiaroscuro, a rat who instead of loving the darkness of his home in the dungeon, loves the light so much he ends up in the castle& in the queen's soup. The third book describes young Miggery Sow, a girl who has been "clouted" so many times that she has cauliflower ears. Still, all the slow-witted, hard-of-hearing Mig dreams of is wearing the crown of Princess Pea. The fourth book returns to the dungeon-bound Despereaux and connects the lives of mouse, rat, girl, and princess in a dramatic denouement.

Children whose hopes and dreams burn secretly within their hearts will relate to this cast of outsiders who desire what is said to be out of their reach and dare to break "never-to-be-broken rules of conduct." Timothy Basil Ering's pencil illustrations are stunning, reflecting DiCamillo's extensive light and darkness imagery as well as the sweet, fragile nature of the tiny mouse hero who lives happily ever after. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

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