Despereaux (The Tale of Despereaux)

Despereaux (The Tale of Despereaux)

by Kate DiCamillo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788427932586
Publisher: Noguer Y Caralt Editores, S.A.
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Series: Tale of Despereaux Series
Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 74,580
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Despereaux / Tale of Despereaux


By Kate DiCamillo

Lectorum Publications

Copyright © 2004 Kate DiCamillo
All right reserved.

ISBN: 8427950047

Chapter One

THE LAST ONE

This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse. A small mouse. The last mouse born to his parents and the only one of his litter to be born alive.

"Where are my babies?" said the exhausted mother when the ordeal was through. "Show to me my babies."

The father mouse held the one small mouse up high.

"There is only this one," he said. "The others are dead."

"Mon Dieu, just the one mouse baby?"

"Just the one. Will you name him?"

"All of that work for nothing," said the mother. She sighed. "It is so sad. It is such the disappointment." She was a French mouse who had arrived at the castle long ago in the luggage of a visiting French diplomat. "Disappointment" was one of her favorite words. She used it often.

"Will you name him?" repeated the father.

"Will I name him? Will I name him? Of course, I will name him, but he will only die like the others. Oh, so sad. Oh, such the tragedy."

The mouse mother held a handkerchief to her nose and then waved it in front of her face. She sniffed. "I will name him. Yes. I will name this mouse Despereaux, for all the sadness, for the many despairs in this place. Now, where is my mirror?"

Her husband handed her a small shard of mirror. The mouse mother, whosename was Antoinette, looked at her reflection and gasped aloud. "Toulhse," she said to one of her sons, "get for me my makeup bag. My eyes are a fright."

While Antoinette touched up her eye makeup, the mouse father put Despereaux down on a bed made of blanket scraps. The April sun, weak but determined, shone through a castle window and from there squeezed itself through a small hole in the wall and placed one golden finger on the little mouse.

The other, older mice children gathered around to stare at Despereaux.

"His ears are too big," said his sister Merlot. "Those are the biggest ears I've ever seen."

"Look," said a brother named Furlough, "his eyes are open. Pa, his eyes are open. They shouldn't be open."

It is true. Despereaux's eyes should not have been open. But they were. He was staring at the sun reflecting off his mother's mirror. The light was shining onto the ceiling in an oval of brilliance, and he was smiling up at the sight.

"There's something wrong with him," said the father. "Leave him alone."

Despereaux's brothers and sisters stepped back, away from the new mouse.

"This is the last," proclaimed Antoinette from her bed. "I will have no more mice babies. They are such the disappointment. They are hard on my beauty. They ruin, for me, my looks. This is the last one. No more."

"The last one," said the father. "And he'll be dead soon. He can't live. Not with his eyes open like that."

But, reader, he did live.

This is his story.



Continues...


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The Tale of Despereaux, a young mouse (named Despereaux) falls in love with a princess. However, he is sent to the dungeon for it. Before he is eaten by rats, a dungeon keeper named Gregory saves Despereaux. We meet Roscuro, a rat, and Miggery Snow, a royal servant. Together, they capture the princess and take her to the dungeon for her to die. But, Despereaux hears of this and sets out to find her! Will Despereaux save the princess? Or will Roscuro kill her? I personally enjoyed this book. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars. Although I did enjoy it, the book progressed very slowly, getting exciting only at the end. That is personally not what I look for in a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The Tale of Despereaux, a young mouse (named Despereaux) falls in love with a princess. However, he is sent to the dungeon for it. Before he is eaten by rats, a dungeon keeper named Gregory saves Despereaux. We meet Roscuro, a rat, and Miggery Snow, a royal servant. Together, they capture the princess and take her to the dungeon for her to die. But, Despereaux hears of this and sets out to find her! Will Despereaux save the princess? Or will Roscuro kill her? I personally enjoyed this book. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars. Although I did enjoy it, the book progressed very slowly, getting exciting only at the end. That is personally not what I look for in a good book.