The Tale Of Despereaux : The Story Of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, And A

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Many young adult books contain common day problems. Common day problems that readers may have to deal with on a daily basis, or once in their lifetime. Problems that are emotional, physical, and mental, happen to people world wide. Problems are not just limited to children, teenagers, young adults, adults, or elderly people, they come and go from everyone 's life. One story that won a Newbery Award in 2004 written by Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux:Being the story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread helps readers to understand some problems faced in life. This story contains many important and different themes that readers pick up on. Within the book the main themes that are dealt with or shown are betrayal, forgiveness and compassion, and light and dark. Light and dark go hand in hand together and are not generally seen in much literature. Especially when it comes to young adult and children 's literature. Yet in the acceptance speech that Kate DiCamillo gave at the Newbery Award, she mentions, “There are people who believe that children know nothing of darkness. I offer up my own four-year-old heart, full of treachery and deceit. . .as proof to the contrary” (www.alastore.ala.org). DiCamillo includes darkness in her story along with light in many different forms. The main character Despereaux is considered a light character since he tried to act like a knight in shining armor. He makes a promise to himself to always protect the princess.

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