Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Synopsis:  Once in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane.  The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.

And then, one day, he was lost.

Kate DiCamillo takes is on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage head to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the streets of Memphis.  And along the way, we are shown a true-miracle-that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
from the book jacket

Review:  This was a beautifully written story about learning to love and learning the meaning of love.  Edward Tulane is a rabbit who has everything.  He is pretentious even though he is just a stuffed china rabbit.  Throughout the book terrible misfortunes befall him that make his heart start to soften until he realizes what love is and realizes that people care about him.  This book brought me to tears with his heartfelt message.  Kate DiCamillo is such a talented writer who knows how to make difficult scenarios accessible to children through marvelously crafted stories.

Rating: 4 stars

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