The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
, by Kate DiCamillo, is a novel-length fairy tale reminiscent of Grimm's fairy tales. The Tale of Despereaux
is not only a excellent book for 8-12 year olds, it is also a terrific read aloud for younger kids. Kate DiCamillo
received the prestigious John Newbery Medal for this very entertaining tale.
The Tale of Despereaux and its title character, a mouse with big ears, is popular with children and families, as well as with elementary school teachers who use it as a read aloud, to the delight of their students. Have you and your children read the book? What about Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Honor Book Because of Winn-Dixie, her fantasy novel The Magician's Elephant or any of her other books? Click on "Comments" below and share your favorites.
(Cover art courtesy of Candlewick Press)
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