Saturday, December 20, 2008

Youth Fiction - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo
A beautifully made china rabbit, given to Abilene Tulane by her grandmother, Pellegrina, was more a friend then a doll. The rabbit was given the name of Edward, had special silk pajamas and clothes made just for him, he even had his own pocket watch so that he would be able to tell when Abilene was coming home to him everyday. Edward Tulane was a spoiled little china rabbit and didn't realize how much he took for granted. During a family vacation, Edward fell overboard and began his ‘Miraculous Journey’. Edward spent his time at the bottom of the sea, living with a fisherman, in a garbage dump, traveling with a hobo, standing as a scarecrow, being loved by a dying child, dancing for another child then landing broken in a doll repairman’s shop. Finally after so much had happened, he had learned what is was to love and that he had been loved by so many. Heartbroken and determined to never love again, he waited.

This is an interesting story about the travels of one china rabbit. It is a cute story with short chapters that are easily read out loud or by a 8+ year old. To follow Edward around and watch as he changes and finally realizes how great of a life he had with Abilene is a gentle way to point out how great something can be even if you don’t realize it now, you might appreciate it later. Cute story, kids enjoyed it too, touching parts and sad parts, best part (according to the kids) is the dream like segment with all the people that Edward loves. Most kids books have a moral, this one is a bit difficult to explain but it does come across, love, love lost and love found again.

Oct 2, 2008

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