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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
Author: Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basel Ering (Illustrator)
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.
ISBN-13: 9780763625290
ISBN-10: 0763625299
Publication Date: 4/11/2006
Pages: 272
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 151 ratings
Publisher: Candlewick
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
Excellent uplifting tale for all ages to enjoy. Definitely a good book to read to young children aloud. Writing style is interactive for the child. Moral story about believing in dreams and self-confidence to follow you heart. Themes of truth, faith, forgiveness, and courage abound.
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Helpful Score: 3
Very cute book - read aloud to my 5 year old and we both enjoyed it. Very creative and thoughtful.
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Despereaux is a quick read with a quirky set of characters, an old-fashioned, ever present narrator, and a happy ending. I enjoyed it and it was perfect for my rainy day at home.

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The Tale of Despereaux is a fantastic book. I've read this book several times and suggest to everyone looking for a good book. Children and Adults will fall in love with the tiny mouse with huge ears!
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Helpful Score: 1
Even tho I am an adult there are some wonderful children's books out there and I love to read them. If my kids were younger I would have read this to them.
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Parents should read this book first

The story was nice enough - easy reading, friendly explanations as needed, nicely paced. But the book was not what I hoped for. Desperaux is not "the main character" but merely the first character. In fact, he's not even in at least half of the book. While not told in a horrifying manner, there is a girl who gets cuffed on the head regularly - so regularly that her ears resemble cauliflower, she becomes hard of hearing, & her sense of smell doesn't work quite right. All this happens to her before she is 12! I realize child abuse happens, but factually presenting it in a story for children is not something I'm keen on. Now there are things to like about the book (author intentionally expands vocabulary, teaches the power of forgiveness, of thinking of others, etc) but this is certainly a book I recommend parents read first (it won't take long) and then deciding if your child is ready for the book or not.
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It was such a wonderful classical book esspecially on life. I like how Kate Dicarmillo put in many of her own philosphy's about love and kindness along in the storyline. A great child's book.
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I enjoyed the story, I have passed this book to all my friends!

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