• The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
  • The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
  • The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
ISBN: 0763617229
EAN13: 9780763617226
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 25, 2003
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.3" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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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 and 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.

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    It takes about 4 Hours and 14 minutes on average for a reader to read The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread. This is based on the average reading speed of 250 Words per minute.

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    The recommended reading level for The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread is 3rd Grade through 7th Grade .

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    The Lexile score for The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread is 670.

  • How long is The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread?

    The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread is 272 pages long.

  • Who wrote The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread?

    The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread was written by Kate Dicamillo and Timothy B Ering

  • Which awards has The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won?

    The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the following awards:

    in 2003 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) in category .

    in 2004 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Minnesota Book Award in category .

    in 2004 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Book Sense Book of the Year Award in category .

    in 2004 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Newbery Medal in category .

    in 2004 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Colorado Blue Spruce Award in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Kentucky Bluegrass Award in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Golden Archer Award in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Rhode Island Children's Book Awards in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Sequoyah Book Awards in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Volunteer State Book Awards in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Maine Student Book Award in category .

    in 2005 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Land of Enchantment Book Award in category .

    in 2006 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Garden State Children's Book Awards in category .

    in 2006 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Massachusetts Children's Book Award in category .

    in 2006 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award in category .

    in 2006 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award in category .

    in 2006 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Young Reader's Choice Award in category .

    in 2007 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread won the Colorado Blue Spruce Award in category .

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   Captivating, Touching, and Meaningful!
I first encountered this book when my kids were in second and third grade. Someone bought a copy of this book for every single staff member at the youth camp I worked for that summer so that they could read it to their campers if they wanted to--they loved the book that much. Well, I love the book that much now too! So do my own kids. In fact, my oldest is now a teacher of elementary school kids and reads it to her students, too. It does not shy away from difficult situations, but it is good and redemptive and real and right.
 
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I remember reading this book in second grade with my class and i bought it to reread, i read it to my sister who is going into third grade and she enjoyed it. Its a good book and i still enjoy it after all these years.
 
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