The Tale of Despereaux is a level U in the Fountas and Pinnell reading level scale.The Tale of Despereaux is about a mouse named Despereaux Tilling. He sets out on an adventure to save a HUMAN princess named Pea from the rats. The book is split into four separate "books", and each book takes place in a different character's point of view. I remember reading this book when I was in 5th grade as a shared reading, and I remember enjoying it. However, it was not the most memorable book for me personally. What you could do in the classroom (maybe) is have this as a literature circle book and give different groups different "books" in the Tale of Despereaux. Once everyone has met with their literacy circle groups, one role could be the Shimmery Sharer and they could share what happened from that character's point of view and what they came up with in their literacy group. Other than that, I would like to have it in the classroom as a free reading book for my students.