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The Tale of Despereaux or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Updated on February 19, 2011

Hey everyone! I am currently taking children literature in college and would love to share some of my favorite books with you guys. If you love children books then I am sure that you know The Tale of Despereaux and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Personally, I love both stories. The three elements that make up love - ridiculousness, wonder and power – according to Despereaux are fantastic! Throughout the story, Despereaux, the curious and extraordinary mouse has fought with bravery in the horrific dungeon for Princess Pea. Yes, it is ridiculous that a mouse fall in love with a human being. But the ridiculousness of love of the silly mouse has given him the power to become courageous in challenging the nasty rats from the gruesome dungeon. Because of Despereaux heroic act, he is able to experience the wonder of love. Arnold Spirit also known as Junior in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is a Spokane Indian who resides in the reservation aka the rez. In his hope to find a better future for himself, he decided to leave the rez and study in Reardan, a white high school. Due to his action, the Spokane Indians called him a traitor while the white students picked on him in school. One thing I love about this diary is that Arnold never gave up on his dream and earns his respect in a completely new environment. The language and writing style of the book is humorous. Sherman Alexie did a great job in writing this diary in the voice of a 14 years old teenage boy. So, what do you guys think about the books if you have read these books? If you guys have other recommendations, don’t be shy to share.


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