By Maritza Arteaga, Wendy Hernandez, Brittany Markham, Krista Pohl, Iolani Sciacca, and Gabby Wilson
“A&C Black – Maurice.” A&C Black – Musicals. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.
For those readers who enjoyed the book so much that they wish they could sing and dance about it, this is surely the perfect resource. If that sort of enthusiasm was not felt by other readers, this website is still a good one to look at for its creative power. This website contains song lyrics for a play based on the novel. The songs paint a different picture for the reader than the text did; this picture may be a little more vivid and a lot more fun for the creative mind. For readers that really enjoyed the book, the exposure to these lyrics may spark an entirely new way to explore the novel and its characters using theatrical performances.
Breebaart, Leo, and Mike Kew. “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.” The Annotated Pratchett File V9.0 -. The L-Space Web, n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2013.
In The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Terry Pratchett discreetly borrows, twists, and turns many other works of literature and incorporates them into his book. Often Pratchett uses a play on words to create satirical references from other works of literature like Peter Rabbit’s contextual similarity with Mr. Bunsy has an Adventure, which Pratchett made up for the novel. This short and simple website directs readers by page number to many of the references Pratchett makes to other texts within this novel. Understanding the different references in the novel may be useful in helping reader’s better grasp the novels dry humor.
Donn. “The Middle Ages for Kids: The Plague.” Mr. Donn’s Social Studies Site. N.p., N.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2013.
This page was created for young students; everything is written clear and is very easy to follow. It covers history from the Middle Ages, particularly the Bubonic Plague. As part of the history section, it covers how much things have changed from the 14th Century to the 20th Century. At the bottom of that page, there are a variety of links that can be very helpful to both children and teachers. The teachers’ section offers a number of lesson plans based on this topic. There is also a map which shows how much the plague spread and where, a list of the symptoms of the plague, the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, which the novel closely reflects, and a short video depicting the life of a rat.
“Folktales.” World of Tales. N.p., 2008-2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2013.
It is quite possible that Terry Pratchett’s novel sounds familiar to some readers. This is because Pratchett’s story was borrowed from a folktale. This website contains a long list of folktales from around the world. The website is organized fabulously and allows readers and researchers to search for folktales based on different areas of the world using a map. This is an awesome way to incorporate geography into a literature lesson for teachers. Readers and researchers can discover many of the well-known folktales, like Rapunzel, using this website and will surely come across the European folktale that Pratchett’s novel is based on, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”
Hanson, Anne. Rat Behavior and Biology. 29 Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Mar. 2013.
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents revolves mainly around the rodents. To better understand the life of a rodent, this webpage provides a large quantity of information regarding the biology of rats and typical rat behavior. One particularly helpful section is “The Rat’s Sensory World.” This section reviews in detail what and how a rat sees, how they touch with their whiskers, how their nose works, how they hear, and how they taste their food. Another section is “Rat Behavior,” covering topics such as aggression, rat play, and how rats choose the food they will eat. This website also provides many fun and interesting resources, making it a great jumping off point. These included things such as quizzes, where one must differentiate between rats and mice, and stories with rats as the main characters.
Pratchett, Terry. Terry Pratchett Books. n.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2013.
This is the official website for the author of The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Terry Pratchett. It has a biography of the author, information about his novels, videos, games, and other media. There is a forum available for fans or anyone to comment about the novels, the author, and anything relating to Terry Pratchett. Other interesting material that can be found on this website include appearances, interviews, events, and current news. On the right side of the page there are sections to view recent Facebook and Twitter activity, making it easier to follow the author and keep up with any new material he may be working on.
Vrba, Christina S. “Classroom Animals and Pets- Mammals – Rats.” The Teacher’s Webshelf. N.p. July 2002. Web. 26 Mar. 2013
After reading a novel about talking rats, why not incorporate real rats into a classroom or at home? This website can be used as a guide to do just that. Pet rats are easily attainable and inexpensive for teachers or parents so they can be an ideal way of teaching children about animals. The website explains how to introduce a rat into the classroom, what to feed the rat, and how to care for the rat. After reading The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, students may really enjoy experiencing actual rats and teachers can use rats for a number of lesson plans that this website also conveniently outlines.
“Zoology with: The Rat King Phenomenon.” The Valiens. n.p.,29 Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Mar. 2013.
Maurice and the rodents encounter an evil rat, the Rat King. This powerful rat has the ability to control the minds of other rats. This webpage provides information about the real-world phenomenon this is based on, how it came into existence, and the superstitions related to rat kings. It covers the origin of the name and legends about the rat king, one being the rat king is one animal with many bodies, rather than many bodies intertwined into one. It also provides a brief description of its history, including information about its earliest report. Furthermore, it mentions how it was viewed as a bad omen due to the fact that they carried diseases such as in the Bubonic Plague. Lastly, it also includes images of some rat kings with evidence that the rats indeed lived for a period of time with their tails intertwined.