After a recent sojourn to the nearest bookstore I came home with another book that has no space to call its own. I originally heard about it at a L’Abri conference and wrote it down in my notes.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo is a really fun read. I can see where this would make a great read-out-loud book for evenings by the fireplace. The subtitle sums up the story – The Tale of Despereaux: being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread.
What caught my eye was how easily parents could use this unlikely hero of a mouse to begin spiritual discussions with their children.
The book talks about light and darkness, moral issues, family fidelity, good and bad leaders, envy, resentment, forgiveness and love in a charming way.
My copy has the note “Soon to be a major motion picture from Universal Pictures.”
Suggestion: Read the book before Hollywood ruins a delightful tale!