The Tale of Despereaux Summary

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The Tale of Despereaux Summary

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This story is structured in four sections: "A Mouse is Born", "Chiaroscuro", "Gor! The Tale of Miggery Sow", and "Recalled to the Light". Have students create an image that represents an important event in each of the four parts.


A Mouse is Born

The first section introduces readers to the protagonist, Despereaux, and his family, who disown him.


Chiaroscuro

The second part of the story introduces readers to the antagonists, Roscuro and Botticelli, who believe that their purpose is to torture people.


Gor! The Tale of Miggery Sow

The third book is about Miggery Sow, her desire to become a princess, and how she came to live at the castle.


Recalled to the Light

In the fourth book, Despereaux saves Princess Pea from Roscuro.



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Create a storyboard that briefly summarizes each book in The Tale of Despereaux.


  1. Type in the names of each part in the title boxes.
  2. Write 1-2 sentences that describes what each part was about in the description boxes.
  3. Make an image in each cell that shows an important event or idea for that part.
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