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
Read by Graeme Malcolm

Random House Audio Publishing Group | April 12, 2005 | Audio Book (CD)

The Tale of Despereaux: Being The Story Of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup And A Spool Of Thread is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 26.
This is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These 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.

And what happens then?

Listeners, it is your destiny to find out.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.86 × 5.15 × 0.59 in

Published: April 12, 2005

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400099137

ISBN - 13: 9781400099139

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A touching tale I got this when I was in the fourth grade and I still read this--it's a great story. "Desperaux" is a funny, charming tale of a mouse, a princess, soup and a spool of thread. It's a serious, yet touching. I recommend this to people ages ten and up.
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended as a teacher read-aloud I use this book in my class of grade 4/5s as a read-aloud. The conversations that result-- about conformity, loyalty, good v bad-- are almost limitless given the right approach. I also recommend reading Jeff Wilhelm on using Guided Inquiry and Action Strategies to deepen comprehension!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just average. I read this when I was just an iddy biddy kid. The story was original and kept me interested but there was just nothing that wowed me so this is a solid 3 stars for me.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Delicous as a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day! This book was just fantastic...Kate DiCamillo writes in such a unique and charming voice that it just invites you into the story. The Tale of Despereaux is the story of an extraordinarily small mouse who falls in love with a princess and the consequences of such a relationship. The tale is a simple one but again DICamillo's literary voice is so magical that the tale just leaps off the page into your heart. The story is great for parents to read together with their younger children or for older children looking for a bit of magic in their stories. Just fantastic!
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Thought-Provoking Read! Readers beware: don't judge this book by the movie, for though the cinematic version was cute, thus book is a highly different matter. In fact, within the first few pages, I was shocked at the directness of the calculating implications about family values, social hierarchy and parental attitudes! Nevertheless, it was a very interesting read, not the least because it provides a picture of the Everyman Underdog from his point of view, and not from that of the usual overlord. As a constant student of literature, I would recommend this book be read with a parent or older sibling in order to explain some of the bluntness of life found within. It is an interesting and excellent work of literature, standing outside of the Children's Literature conventions and for this very reason, is highly worthy of note.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Sugary Sweet for my Tastes Written in a tradition fairy tale manner this is the story of four characters, two good and two evil (or shall we say mislead). They include a princess, a mouse, a serving girl and a rat. All good ingredients for a fairy tale. We learn the background lives of all four characters then we are told how they met up with each other and created this story which ultimately is about the mouse, being a knight in shining armour, and how he rescued the princess and helped the evil doers as well. I know there are a million reviews of this book and many raves. It also won the Newbery in 2004. It is one of the better Newberys that have won in the 21st century but I wasn't that taken with it. Perhaps I am too grown up and cynical for this type of story but I found it very sickly sweet. Even though I am a great fan of fairy tales I found here that the good were too good and the evil were not all that evil, simply mislead. It is a very fast read so certainly worth the effort. I think girls in particular will enjoy the story but it's a bit too much "honey" for my tastes.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! When I read The Tale of Despereaux, I couldn't stop reading it! It was the most extraordinary, well written and interesting book I have ever read. When I finished the book, I had to tell everyone about it and why it was so good. I recommend this book for people of all ages. I assure you that anyone will really enjoy this magnificent tale about a young mouse who goes on a quest to save his beloved princess. So, read it, and love it!
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something for you and the little ones to read! My 9 year old is currently working on this as his silent reading project and he absolutly loves this book (so far) I read it first to make sure it was a good book for his reading level and I too really enjoyed this novel. The story follows the tale of a smallest mouse Despereaux, his misfortune in the mouse community of being so small with such big ears and the gifts that his different mind and small ears bring to him. The story also follows his princess Pea, the rats of the dungeon and a 12 year old village girl who stumbles into the story. Its a wonderful tale of love, bravery, friendship and kindness. Its something I would love to read out loud as a family or just to my little guy. Its something I am definatly going to go back to @ story time. Also I only just discovered that it is about to become a cinematic adventure so it will be great for the kids to see this little hero on the big screen.
Date published: 2014-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story with magic This is truly a story of magic. The little mouse Despereaux, with courage and love, embarked on his journey to save his beloved princess. Is this a typical fairy tale? No, far more complicated than that, and far more realistic than that. A story that talks of love, betrayal, choices, dreams, respect and all that is part of being human. Adults and children alike would all learn something special from it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amesome . I recommend this book for 5 year olds and up its very happy then sad.Its great because in the begining they tells us about the character. in the middle theres a problem and the end the promple gets solved.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Fabulous This book is certainly a page turner. I could not put it down. It would be a great book to read out loud to children by candle light to help create the right atmosphere. This is a story that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Read-Aloud We used this novel as a read-aloud for our grade six class. We used "Literature Circles" as a way to explore the plot, characters, events, and conclusion. Some comments from students were: It made us understand loss and love. We made connections to the characters, and were able to understand ourselves and others at a deeper level. Observing some of the "change of heart" transformations in the antagonists gave us hope and made us believe that we can influence others for good. - Edmonton Alberta Elementary, grade six students
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Heart -Warming 'Tail' No matter what people say, this heart-warming tale will warm up any cold hearted person. This little mouse will be your trip to a magical, never-ending fairy tale!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WoW! This marvelous tale leads you through mystery, sorrow and happiness! Enjoy this tale as it unfolds through the chapters with a bowl of soup if you dare! Hopefully soup isn't banned yet or is it?
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My teacher is reading this to us This is my most favourite book I have ever read. I want my mom to buy it so she can read it, too
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book is truly a book like no other. It is a tale about light and dark, about bravery and love. It tells the story of Despereaux, a mouse, who is very small but has large ears. One of the reasons I love this book so much is because it is not about some epic battle between good and evil. It shows how the smallest action, such as the cooking of soup, can change lives. It is the least I can do to express the wealth this book has to share. Whether you are young or old, or, more likely, in between, you will love this book.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not worth buying i dont think this book deserves a newbury award
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book ! This is a really cute book - I read it from cover to cover the day I bought it and found the story really charming. It tells three seperate tales that converge into one and revolves around Desperaux the mouse and his quest to help the human princess he falls in love with - a great family read !
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I adored this tale! I read and bought this on the same day, though it may seem an intimidating size for chldren (at 270 thick pages, it seems longer than it is, as it is double-spaced, has many beautiful black and white illustrations, and chapter breaks are common). Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, this John Newberry Medal winner was an absolute treat to read. The chapters, which are quite short, are split among four "books" which move from character to character, and have a wonderful tendancy to talk directly to the reader. At its heart, this is a tale about hope. First, there is Despereaux, a tiny little mouse with big ears, who isn't very mouse-like, and breaks all sorts of mouse rules (especially the big ones: don't talk to humans, and don't let them touch you). When Princess Pea touches his head and says he's cute, this little mouse falls in love. An odd little guy, he has read a fairy tale, and takes it to heart, hoping that there is such a thing as a knight in shining armor, and a happily ever after. The Princess herself is also a vivid and fun character, a young girl who isn't very used to not getting her own way, and has very little malice in her heart, and a whole lot of empathy. The other two characters - Chiaroscuro the rat and Miggory Sow, the oft clouted mostly deaf, overweight servant girl, are both villains and not-villains - it's quite easy to feel sorry for them, to understand their plight, and realize that they, too, have hope. It is a soft little story with some gruesome bits sure to make any child 'ooh' and 'aah' appreciatively, and it is definitely on its way to my nephew, who I think will get a kick out of talking mice swashbuckling with sewing needles, and cauliflower eared serving girls who bumble their way towards a better place. The prose in no way talks down to children by using overly simple languages - there are even passages that suggest the child look up a few words if they don't know them - and I'm always greatful for an intelligently written work. So - do you believe in happily ever after?
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So This book, like all of those by Kate DiCamillo, was a very easy read. It has a good plot and is quite interesting but I would recommend it for those of you, I'd say, under ten years of age.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Un believable The tale of a daring mouse in his adventures! My whole family LOVED this book. There is not one person I know who read this book and did not like it read it. If you have a heart for a tale that is about a mouse risking his life to save... I don't wan't to spoil the splendor of this book!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome story telling I haven't actually read the book myself..but my son's teacher is reading it to her fourth grade class this year. My son could go on and on about the story. He loves it. I will definetely be picking up a copy.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unlikely Hero Brings Light Into Darkness A delightful tale of light against darkness. This is a fantasy with surprising depth, dealing with dark issues, yet managing to keep a light and fun tone and feel. Despereaux is about as unlikely a hero as we will ever meet, often reduced to fear and trembling, yet overall showing a rare courage and a winsome belief in life and light. Geared to readers considerably younger than this Grandpa, yet older than my Grandson, this is a tale I look forward to reading to him in a few years. Somewhat difficult to categorize, it was simply a fun and rewarding book to read, well illustrated – and it left me feeling richer – having looked at life with the fresh newness of a child’s vision. Highly recommended, this would be an outstanding book to read aloud within the classroom for elementary age students.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book this is one of the best books i have ever read i read it in french i dont like reading in french but reading this book was awsome
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best! It is the best book i've ever read. I'd rather read this book then see a movie
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever Im a big hamster fan and dont really like books about mice, but this is awsome. I love how Kate tells the story. It has a great plot and so on and so on! Lets just say its the best book ever!
Date published: 2013-10-24

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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
Read by Graeme Malcolm

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.86 × 5.15 × 0.59 in

Published: April 12, 2005

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400099137

ISBN - 13: 9781400099139

From the Publisher

This is the story of Desperaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These 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.

And what happens then?

Listeners, it is your destiny to find out.

About the Author

KATE DICAMILLO lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the author of The Tale of Despereaux, which won the Newbery Medal, and The Tiger Rising, which was named a National Book Award Finalist.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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