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The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo

One tiny mouse, the only surviving baby in his litter. One tiny mouse is touched by the light. One tiny mouse seeks the light through beauty, music, truth, courage, and love. Despereaux.

One beautiful princess with a heart full of light. The Princess Pea

One wretched rat, born in a dungeon. One wretched rat who sees the light, wants the light, goes toward the light, only to find darkness. Chiaroscuro

One small girl, traded for trinkets, abused, degraded, trapped in darkness. Miggory Sow.

Four stories whose threads become woven together with dark and light....The Tale of Despereaux. A new classic spreading light.

Research Links for The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux DVD

Research: MICE (Peromyscus leucopus)

Watercress Soup Recipe

Shenandoah Music (right click to save)

Literary Connections:

Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise

You can purchase the Kids' Wings 30-page Kids' Wings Unit for The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo NOW for immediate download for only $15.95! Click Here.

The Kids Wings 30-page literature guide, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for The Tale of Despereaux is now available!

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Readers Theater Script, Chapter 1
Be the Character!
Anticipation Guide
Chapter Questions for Predict-Read-Confirm
Despereaux's Song
Four Stories, Four Songs=Perfect Harmony
Vocabulary Threads: Word Walls
Confessions (Multiple Choice)
The New Law in a Monarchy
Proofread: A Letter to the King
Let's Make a Law
"Reading Between the Lines" Magazine Article and Questions
The Hearts of the Characters


Just for Fun

A mother mouse and a baby mouse are walking along, when all of a sudden, a cat attacks them. The mother mouse yells, "BARK!" and the cat runs away.

"See?" says the mother mouse to her baby. "Now do you see why it's important to learn a foreign language?"


Special thanks for background music: The Vineyard Harvest
Original Symphonic Composition by Edgar Girtain


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