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Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread | Kate DiCamillo
"Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul-stirring as it is delicious." BOOKLIST (starred review) 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. From the master storyteller who brought us BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE comes another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, with twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering. This paperback edition pays tribute to the book's classicdesign, featuring a rough front and elegant gold stamping."
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violabrain
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So cute! I loved it!

rachelm Happy Litsyversary!! 4w
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Julia Harris
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🐭Genres: Fairy tale, Fantasy Fiction
Started: Dec.24th, 2019
Completed: Jan.3rd, 2020
How did you choose the book: One of my friends recommended it.
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Victoria M.
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Genre: Fantasy fiction

Date Started: December 3rd

Date Completed: December 6th

How did you choose this book: My brother recommended it to me.

Write a brief summary of the novel: There was a mouse named despereaux. Unlike other mice, despereaux was brave. He set out on a quest to save a human princess from rats who kidnapped her.

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thejessashmore

Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.

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This book is a modern fantasy and we know this because of the fantasy aspects of the story like a mouse talking. I really liked this story, because the plot was original and intrigued me through the whole book

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thejessashmore

I think I would use this book in my classroom as a project where we read it through the weeks as our book time. I do no think a child could sit through the whole book at once but if it was broken up it could be entertaining.

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YesseniaN
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This F novel would be a great PR in class. It is about a mouse who is love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. If a mouse can love those things then maybe the students will learn to love those things too! The mouse goes on a journey that the students will love to follow along. I believe a story map would be a great activity to follow along and recap as they read together. #ucflae3414f19

YesseniaN UDL Foster collaboration and community (8.3)
ESOL Show students how to use graphic organizers like semantic mapping and imaging
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/genia-connell/2017/The-Tale-of-De...
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Alexush This is a great read and listen for kids. I had this book on audio as a child and my mom used to play it for me and my brothers. 2mo
DrSpalding This would be a partner reading option or a great literature circle in your future intermediate classroom. All of her books, I believe should be a part of your classroom library. She has picture books, transitional chapter books and award-winning novels. Scholastic is a high-quality resource. Continue using this in your future classroom. 1mo
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CPettersen
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Kate DiCamillo has outdone herself again with this Newbery award winning story about a mouse, a rat, a scullery maid, and a princess. Despereaux is a little mouse who was born a little different than the others and partakes on a journey to save a princess from conniving ways of the rats down in the dungeon. This would be an incredible RA and DR book as it has a plot that would be awesome to see acted out on stage. #ucflae3414f19

CPettersen UDL 1.2 and 1.3 should be addressed by providing other ways for students to understand the story, such as by doing a re-enactment and also perhaps by watching the movie. ESOL strategy 22 would be utilized to allow students with language barriers to process the information and respond to questions about the story effectively. 2mo
DrSpalding She will be in Oviedo tomorrow night! This wonderful author has so many good books and this is one of her award winners. If this was used in literature circles, the teacher would need to facilitate understanding. The four books can be confusing. 2mo
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Readswithcoffee
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This is a sweet story of a small mouse on a quest. Graeme Malcolm does a fabulous job voicing the characters in the audiobook. A Newbery Medal winner. I‘m looking forward to hearing Kate DiCamillo speak next month.

Addison_Reads I love all her books. Have you read the tagged book? It's one of my all time favorites. 3mo
Readswithcoffee @Addison_Reads I have not read it, but I just downloaded it from my library. Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
Addison_Reads @Readswithcoffee I'm excited to see what you think. 3mo
Readswithcoffee @Addison_Reads I LOVED THIS BOOK! I hope it is ok that I gave you a shout out in my review of Edward Tulane. I‘m fairly new to Litsy. I apologize if that is a breach of protocol. 3mo
Addison_Reads @Readswithcoffee Thank you for tagging me. It's not a breach of protocol at all. I love that you did because I enjoy seeing what others think of books I like. 3mo
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Mwinship
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This F, Newbery Winning book written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering is about a brave mouse named Despereaux and his journey to save a human princess named Pea from rats. I read this book in 5th grade and remember quickly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next.
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Mwinship I believe this book would be best as an LC. Students can use this worksheet of LC questions to discuss the story: https://www.scholastic.com/content/dam/teachers/lesson-plans/migrated-files-in-b...
The EL strategy 36 and UDL Guideline 8.3 about using higher level thinking questions and collaboration align with this book and LC.
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DrSpalding I would definitely use this book as a literature circle option or a read aloud in your classroom. The questions provided in your resources are valuable questions that certainly do align to your English learner and universal design principles. So well done! (edited) 2mo
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AmyRebecca Cuteness 4mo
JoScho @AmyRebecca I think he is adorable too ❤️ 4mo
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SauerPatch

“Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, mouse or man, who does not conform.”

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SauerPatch
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Book haul from my local library‘s book sale yesterday! 📚 Not pictured are three audio CDs for my preschooler, who is weirdly in love with listening to physical CDs on an old player. 😄

britt_brooke Nice haul! 5mo
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Butterflyamore
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Are you consistent with your favorite author or does your preference change over time?

I‘ve grown out of most of my old favorites. 🙁

I‘m trying to figure out who might new favorites might be. Patrick Ness, William Kent Krueger, C.J. Tudor, & Alex North are all top contenders. I need to read more of their work before I can firmly call them favorites, though.

I can declare with confidence is that Kate DiCamillo is and will always be a favorite.

Macker11 My favorite too 😍 5mo
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Blueberry
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My son and I were discussing which was better.

Shaneyney I love the Redwall books! I have the whole set, I think there are 10 or 12 of them 6mo
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dayuso1
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"The Tale of Despereaux" (F) is written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrsted by Timothy Basil Ering. It tells the story of a mouse who lives in a kingdom where there is emnity between mice and humans. Despereaux is caught in the middle of a plot against the Princess and is faced with the reality that not all of life is like a fairytale. However, his adventures show how kindness and peacemaking can bring enemies together. Great for LC. #lae3414sp19

dayuso1 Teachers can implement UDL strategy "Build Fluencies and Graduated Levels of Support for Practice/Performance" (5.3). The teacher can ask comprehension questions about Despereaux's struggles with varied higher level thinking requirements; students would answer some as a class, some in pairs and some independently. Teachers can also simplify reading and instructions with slower speech for ELLs (ESOL 14). 10mo
dayuso1 A great resource for this book is linked below. Scholastic provides several comprehension questions to get students thinking about Despereaux and his world. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/tale-despereau... 10mo
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kennedimartin I also love this story! A great addition to any classroom library, thanks for sharing! 9mo
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kennedimartin
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The Tale is Despereaux was another classic book for me when I was growing up. This F novel by Kate DiCamillo is a great read for young readers. I remember the layout of this novel being different than any other book I had read before I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I recently ordered this book to add of my own library. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/genia-connell/2017/The-Tale-of-De...

kennedimartin This F novel could be great for PR. The link above is a great resource to use with the children in your classroom as something they use to guide their reading, chapter by chapter. The Newbery award winner now supports UDL 5.1 with its online resources and movie that was made about the book! ESOL 15 can be used with the guide above and if teachers use discussions to guide the comprehension while reading. #lae3414sp19 (edited) 10mo
DrSpalding I think partner reading is a good choice for this particular novel. It is written in multiple books as you know and this partnership could aid comprehension. 9mo
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Oracle
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ OUTSTANDING
One of the greatest children's bedtime story reads of all time. Kids enraptured, me, tears rolling down the cheeks with the simple beauty of the story of a reject mouse which covers all of life's big tickets - love, family, betrayal, hierarchy, injustice, freedom, oppression, bravery and linguistics! Read it to your little ones. Read it out-loud.

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Eggs
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Mehso-so

Meh, not quite the story that Edward Tulane is (same author)

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Wife
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Read this to my #Sassafras earlier this month. He said that he liked “the part where Despereaux got born and his ears were so big”. It held my interest too. 🥄🥄🥄#soup 3🐀‘s

ConfessionofaBookaholic Def one of my childhood favorites ❤️🐹 1y
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Purrsistently
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starlight97 😍😍 1y
starlight97 @Purrsistently I think I read this a long long time ago 1y
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Jovy
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#agameoffavorites Local author - honorary member? Kate DiCamillo has lived in Minnesota for awhile now and wrote Because of Winn-Dixie during one of our infamous winters. My favorite though is the story of this brave mouse! One of Kate's favorite is also a classic - Charlotte's Web.

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Whimsical.Curiosity
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📖 Once Upon A Time 📖

Blueberry I have loved many of her books including this one. 1y
Whimsical.Curiosity @Blueberry I should familiarize myself with more of her work 1y
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Johanna414 This was such a sweet story! 1y
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Whimsical.Curiosity
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Found a first edition, signed copy and illustration from The Tale of Despereaux.

These words put magic in the air. 💕

8leagueboot I adore this book. 1y
TheBookKeepers I just recently acquired a copy of this! Need to bump it up on my son and mines TBR! 1y
CoffeeNBooks I love The Tale of Despereaux! Such a great book! 1y
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wanderinglynn What a great find! Love this book! 1y
Whimsical.Curiosity @TheBookKeepers niiiiiice! And yes totally! 1y
Victoriahoperose This is one of my absolute favorites of all time. Love it. ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Trollkonstnaren A book that starts like that cannot be a bad book 😊 1y
Whimsical.Curiosity @Trollkonstnaren I wish they all started out like that 🤣 1y
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youngreadrshelf
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Working on this one tonight for #NewberyChallenge. I know I‘ve read it, but I just haven‘t documented it anywhere so it doesn‘t count to me.

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RealLifeReading
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Making a French apple cake with the 5yo as we listen to an audiobook together. It‘s his last few days of preschool this week and we wanted to make something for the teachers and staff. #24in48

anwade88 Such a great book! How is the audiobook? :) 2y
cathysaid 💕 2y
RealLifeReading @anwade88 it‘s not bad so far. The narrator has a nice voice. It‘s a change from our last audiobook (The Bad Beginning) which had a lot of sound effects! So this is a nice quiet audiobook 2y
anwade88 I wish all children‘s audiobooks had sound effects—they add so much to the story! 2y
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Purrsistently
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I picked up this old ex-school library copy of Tale of Despereaux at @sandmanbookco the pages were no longer attached to the cover at that point but a little binding glue fixed that up. I don‘t know Mrs. Short but I feel like she has to have been a pretty great teacher to have bought a hard cover copy of this book for her students to enjoy till the pages fell out. 💕 #📖hearts 13) a tattered tome

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LibrarianRyan
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An original galley of the #Tale Of despereaux. I was never a fan of this book. My copy got a bit water damaged when the Mattoon house flooded 2 years ago, but it's still readable.

#coolbooks @Linsy

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Meeko93 👏❤ 2y
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Meeko93 🐭 ❤ 2y
teenangstlives MY FAVORITE BOOK AHHH 2y
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Tanzy13
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teenangstlives Going to re-read this! 2y
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knittedgnome
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Found a few more books for my #littlefreelibrary! Slow going so far but I am trying to rotate in something new a few times a week.

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BookishMe
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#CoolBooks #fairytales Daughter's third grade teacher introduced this #Tale to her class (a decade ago? ;)) I have yet to read this nor watch the movie.

saresmoore This one is WONDERFUL! 2y
Blueberry Agree, wonderful book 😀 2y
Linsy Cute! I haven‘t read or watched it yet either, but it‘s on my list! 2y
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"Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light."
Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

#katedicamillo #thetaleofdespereaux #reading

bnp @TheBookKeeper Kerry, I love your photos/collages! 2y
TheBookKeeper @bnp thank you so very much 😊 2y
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KCorter
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Me: "What did you think of the book?"
Simon: "Good. Sad."
Me: "I agree. This story is very sad, but it is good too. What I like about this author is that she understands life. Life can be sad sometimes, but it is good anyway. She reminds us that we can always find beauty and love and light even when we are sad."
Simon: *pensively* "Yeah."
Me: "I really like Despereaux. He's small, but very brave. He never gives up."
Simon: "Just like me."

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KCorter Simon and I have been listening to The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo on audiobook this week while running errands. We finished it this morning while on the way home, and the above conversation occurred. 2y
KCorter Simon can be so quiet and introspective (not surprising considering his parents), but books and music always make him light up and reach out to the world around him. Thank you, Ms. DiCamillo, for introducing my son to a mouse unafraid to be himself. This worthy little knight is now one of my heroes as well. 2y
AmyG That is so sweet. ❤️ 2y
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mabell I love that! ❤️❤️ 2y
JacqMac ❤️ 2y
Dragon Okay I‘m tearing up. So lovely ❤️ 2y
minkyb Pure happiness is what this post makes me feel. Thank you. 2y
rohit-sawant 💜 2y
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Austen_Nerd
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I read this tale as one of my #FreakyFriday reads from @Hokey I truly found this tale of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread a wonderful tale. Despereaux is a mouse of mice.

Traci1 If you haven't read her Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, I highly recommend it. Keep tissues handy, though. 2y
Austen_Nerd @Traci1 I am reading it next!! Thank you for the tissue warning!! 2y
Hokey Yes. You will need tissues. I have read both books to kindergarteners. They cry. I cry. But they are good tears. ❤️ 2y
Austen_Nerd @Hokey I am tissue ready!!! 2y
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No library & No books!!! horrid, poor Despereaux!! How does one live without a book?? #FreakyFriday

Hokey Indeed, how does one live without books? 2y
Austen_Nerd @Hokey so true!! I love this little mouse 🐭 2y
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@Hokey I have my books!!!! I am late starting, but, I am always late!! I am still looking for the other 5 and will add them to my tbr pile!! #freakyfriday

Hokey Ohhh...Despereaux. ❤️❤️ 2y
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wanderinglynn
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#FridayFavorites
1. Fantasy & SciFi
2. “Don‘t Panic.” Appropriate for a variety of situations.
3. One of the many I love to gift is Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
4. @Coleen 😀

Avidreader25 Perfect quote choice! 2y
wanderinglynn @Avidreader25 Thanks! I even have Don‘t Panic socks. And here are several other HHGTTG quotes I love to use too. 2y
Avidreader25 @wanderinglynn I have those socks too!!! 2y
wanderinglynn @Avidreader25 👍🏻 Great minds! 2y
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MayginReads
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4⭐ This was a cute, sweet, and positive children's book. I would have preferred the characters more flushed out, but it's probably about right for this age group. The ending could have been a bit more elaborated on. Overall, a good listen.

#MountTBR

[DELETED] 3803335244 I saw your comment just a little ago on Goodreads! How awesome we were reading the same book. My kids & I are enjoying this! I think the first book of hers we read was so great! If you haven‘t read it, definitely worth the read. 2y
MayginReads I haven't read anything else by her. I will definitely check out the tagged book. I've been listening to children's books in the car lately and am definitely looking for good recommendations - something that's interesting for adults as well as kids. Thank you! 2y
MayginReads @ForeverNerdy I forget a lot that this app doesn't notify commenters of future comments! 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyFeb18 Day 13: Because the #Dark can only be vanquished by stories carrying luminosity. May the light find you this week through delicious books.

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“Say it, reader. Say the word 'quest' out loud. It is an extraordinary word, isn't it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.”

RaimeyGallant Nice quote! And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
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Holiday madness has me way behind on my #mcpl posts! Here's another Newbery that I need to read! I love Kate DiCamillo! #mctbr

tonyahoswalt Cute cover 2y
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JordanD
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I just read this for the first time and was blown away! Kate DiCamillo built a world of magic centered around a wisp of a mouse who has no business being a hero. She narrates the story from a place of honesty- showing the reader that each character has a story that affects their choices. I didn't want to put it down and would recommend for any classroom!

DrSpalding I've read most of her books! If you enjoyed this one, you must read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! http://www.katedicamillo.com/books/edward.html 2y
JordanD There was an excerpt in the back of the first few pages- it already sounds interesting! 2y
AJones This book sounds very adventurous. The description sounds familiar. . .I might have seen the movie. Thanks for sharing. I just added it to my stack. I recently read DiCamillo‘s “The Rising Tiger” novel. 🐅 It was also an interesting read. Not one of my favorites, but good. Check it out at http://www.katedicamillo.com/books/tiger.html. This would make a great addition to your classroom library. It‘s also based in Florida 2y
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AJones (like “Because of Winn-Dixie”) it‘s about overcoming hardship and loss of a family member. 2y
MorganH This book amazed me so much! I never wanted to put it down. Makes me want to check out all of her work 2y
JordanD @AJones it's very adventurous!! And I remember reading because of Winn-Dixie and I loved the movie too! 2y
JordanD @MorganH it was written in a style I don't see very often and that really made me want to read her other books 2y
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The Tale of Desperaux is a F novel written by Kate DiCamillo. It is a Newbery award winner and I would probably do an IR so that the students could read the novel at their own pace. The story is about a mouse who is tryring to save a princess from a bunch of rats. My teacher read this book aloud when I was in elementary school and it is definitely one of my favorites.

jasminep This link http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/tale-despereaux-f... will take you to the standards that you can use with the book and a lot of different resources for your classroom. I would use UDL 1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information so that the students can learn better. 2y
jasminep And I would use ESOL strategy 20 which is list the most important words and phrases you use or plan to use in a presentation on a transparency or on the chalkboard because their might be some vocabulary that some of the students don‘t know. 
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