Wednesday, September 08, 2004

DiCamillo's wonderous "Tale..."

The Tale of Despereaux:Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrator: Timothy Basil Ering, 2003

Despereaux Tilling is a mouse who does not fit in. His ears are too big, he faints, and he always needs a handkerchief. He is a reader, a dreamer and a lover of music. This story has a princess, a dungeon, a villian. There is love, danger, betrayal and redemption.

This book is a terrific read-aloud or novel for literature circles. Are you teaching literary elements? This book has it all: character, plot, setting, theme, motivation, point-of-view, genre, voice, elaboration, foreshadowing, word choice...
Candlewick Press has prepared this Teacher Guide to accompany the novel. Additional information and a biography of DiCamillo can be found here on the Candlewick site.

Dust off your French accent and have fun. You will enjoy reading this book aloud as much as your family or students will enjoy listening to it.

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