Tale of Despereaux Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

tale of despereaux

Winner of the 2004 Newbery Medal

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal–winning tale.

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl 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. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out. With black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Timothy Basil Ering.---from the publisher

272 pages                          978-0763680893                        Ages 7-10

Keywords:  mouse, bravery, princess, journey, adventure, Newbery Medal, 7 year old,  8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, fantasy

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