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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Kate DiCamillo (Author)

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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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Title:The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
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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 (2004)

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This is a sweet story of love, longing, revenge, forgiveness, and soup. Really delicious soup.

::Spoilers::

Tiny Despereaux Tilling, an unlikely hero with exceptionally large ears, risks everything to save the princess he loves. And in the process he saves not only his love, but also a rat whose heart was broken when he was denied light, a serving girl who desperately wanted to be a princess, and a prisoner who was tormented by his past sins.

"Love is ridiculous. But love is also wonderful. And powerful." Pg 32 ( )
  HRHSophie | May 31, 2024 |
I reread this with my daughter and though it was darker than I remembered, I loved the message in the end. I think DiCamillo has a wonderful skill for bringing a scene to life and I won't soon forget the dark dungeons, the rat with a spoon for a crown, the outlawing of soup, or the brave mouse whose heart is even bigger than his ears. ( )
  bookworm12 | May 17, 2024 |
"The Tale of Despereaux" is a beautifully written and captivating tale that will capture the hearts of readers young and old.
  alexablocker | Apr 29, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: 7 -10 year olds/ Grade Level: 2nd -5th
Awards & Honors: Vermont Golden Dome Book Award
Newbery MedalWinner, 2004
  Virginia_Lynn1999 | Apr 29, 2024 |
An interesting book. I definitely enjoyed it, but wasn’t sure what to make of it as I read. First the mouse completely cast out and unloved by his family, then a light loving rat dragged over to the dark side… topped by someone who sells ther child into slavery and the child is beaten until nearly deaf… I know I read things like that as a child and thought nothing of it…. Fairytale content shocked my adult mind. Still, it held my interest and things were generally satisfying by the end ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
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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.
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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.
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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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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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Despereaux is a
small mouse with big ears and the
heart of a lion.
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