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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

The Tale of Despereaux (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Kate Dicamillo, Timothy B Ering (Illustrator)

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Title:The Tale of Despereaux
Authors:Kate Dicamillo
Other authors:Timothy B Ering (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic (2003), Paperback, 269 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Newbery Award, Medieval Times

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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (2003)


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the tale of a very tiny little mouse that falls in love with a human princess, and approaches her, which is not allowed in the mouse world, he gets sentenced to be eaten by rats in a dungeon where he is saved by the jailer, who over heard despereaux telling a story to himself. then the story switches you learn about a nasty rat named Roscuro, and a father in jail who sold his daughter mig into slavery for one minor items, like cigarettes, a chicken and red table cloth, mig is sold to a nasty man that hits her and makes her ears be swollen so she can hardly hear, she is rescued by the royal family because shows basically a slave, and roscuro tries to use mig to capture the princess. long story short in the end despereaux rescues the princes and fight off roscuro and princess pea and despereaux live as best friends happily ever after. ( )
  frannymack13 | Feb 13, 2017 |
This is a fantasy story with several stories embedded inside of one main plot about a courageous young mouse named Despereaux. Despereaux sets out on a journey to rescue a princess who he is in love with after meeting once. Each of the sections of this book focuses on a different character: Despereaux, Princess Pea, Roscuro the rat, and a servant girl named Mig. All of the stories connect together in the end in this adventurous tale of one determined little mouse!

Teaching Connections: 3-6th grade, literature circles, fantasy genre study, cause and effect, inferences, summarizing, predicting, asking questions, making connections, character study, analyzing theme with evidence to support thinking

Website Resources:
Author Site: http://www.katedicamillo.com
Publisher Book Guide: http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763617229.btg.1.pdf ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 14, 2016 |
An award-winning fairy tale classic featuring an adventurous mouse. Available in multiple formats.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Dec 5, 2016 |
This novel definitely measures up with the elements of a good fantasy. I loved how the novel is divided into four books unfolding the layers of the plot from different perspectives. This adds to character development, connecting the characters to one another, and allows the reader to connect to the fantasy. This novel is a great read for children and using as a class read aloud. The novel develops reading strategies, especially questioning, making connections, and elements of literature. The nature of the story itself leads students to think critically and to probe for deeper understanding of moral and ethical issues. ( )
  nkoffler | Nov 30, 2016 |
Brief Summary: Despereaux Tilling is a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. He is an outcast because he does not act like the out mice. His story combines with several other characters: a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. A slow-witted serving girl, Miggery Sow, who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives.
Why I loved it: This book reminded me of a grand journey using animals and realistic characters.
How to use in a classroom: ask students to think of a person/animal/ that has a passion that is not the typical.

Award & Description: 2004 The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. 2005 The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award annually recognizes one new American children's book selected by the vote of Vermont schoolchildren. It was inaugurated in 1957
Book Citation (APA): DiCamillo, K., & Ering, T. B. (2003). The tale of Despereaux: Being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. ( )
  meganconser | Nov 28, 2016 |
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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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Ering, Timothy BasilIllustratorsecondary 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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763625299, Paperback)

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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