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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Hardcover – February 14, 2006
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This book is a children's book, a lesson in life and loving, tells of heart break and loss, of being selfish and then knowing what real love means. And it also shows us to appreciate all that happens in our life and the people that we meet and our experiences, as they help us to grow and be what we should be.
While I enjoyed the author's writing style and the ending of the story, I was underwhelmed by Edward's "journey" and the theme of the book. I expected more of an adventure where Edward learns to love and found a series of unfortunate and sad events for Edward. I understand that the author's intent was to show Edward's character change from a vain, self-centered rabbit to one with love in his heart. But even at the end of the book, he was mostly still filled with despair and sadness over his lost owners and maybe a bit hopeful. I also don't agree with the theme that in order to learn to love, he first needed to experience sadness, despair, injuries, and death. This is obviously totally my own perspective. I have a sensitive child and I actually don't care for completely serious/sad books and movies, perhaps if there had been more uplifting moments it might have balanced out all the misfortune and been more enjoyable for us.
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I really love Kate DiCamillo. Her book ‘Because of Winn Dixie’ is one of my favorites. I only recently heard of ‘Edward Tulane’. As soon I found out it is a story about a vain stuffed rabbit, I had to read it.
The people Edward meets along his journey all have hard luck stories. Along Edward’s travels and with every new person he meets, Edward learns a lot about himself and the world around him. He bonds with all the people he travels with and helps fill a void in each and every one of them. In this Edward learns humility.
This book absolutely gave me all the feels. Nellie, Bull & Lucy, and especially Bryce and his sister’s stories all pulled at my heartstrings. This book isn’t just for kids. This book is for everyone. It is amazing, beautiful, warm, and heart wrenching. The amazing illustrations added to the warm fuzzy feeling I got from this book. You must not only read this book, you must get everyone you know to read it.
Top international reviews
This heart-warming, gentle and sweet book will fill you with awe. It is a must have in every school library. Experience the one in a lifetime adventure with missing porcelain rabbit, Edward Tulane.
Edward Tulane lives with young, caring owner Abilene. She shares all her love for Edward yet he doesn’t give her anything but silence. During the story, Abilene’s much loved parents announce to their daughter that they are going to take a vacation as a family. Of course, Abilene wouldn’t leave her beloved rabbit; whilst on the ship, Edward despondently gets thrown into the water by a cluster of disobedient boys. And that’s when the miraculous journey began.
I recommend this book to nine year olds and over since there are some tragic scenes. As well as that, I chose this book because it is full of escapades and a sweet friendship-these are the genres I personally love. I love how authors give a human characteristic to toys and animals like Varjak Paw.
Review by Anesa, 11 years old.
This is a book about a china Rabbit (soft teddy) called Edward Tulane he lives with a girl called Abilene her parents and her grandmother Peligrena although he is a toy he has feelings he feels like Abilene doesn’t care about him then one day Abilene and her family and Edward were going on holiday they travelled by boat two boys saw Edward and snatched him from Abilene they were throwing it around and Edward dropped in the ocean. Read the book to find out what happens to Edward and where he is.
I like this book because it interests me and brings me into the story.
The book was a class book so we read it together.
The message in this story is always love the ones who love you or you will lose them.
The genre in the story is young adult fiction.
I recommend this book to children 9 and over because this book contains a scene of death younger children might get upset by that.
Reviewed by Saniya, 10 years old
We bought it for our 8 years son.
They start to study the book at school, and his teacher recommended to have the book at home.
After receive it, he read the book in 3 days, after school.
He was very enthusiast about the book and enjoyed reading it.
It's dark and slightly heavy in its subject matter at times (the death of a child, and a lot of loss and sadness) but it beautifully pulls together to create something utterly beautiful.
My daughter is 6 and we read this together at bedtimes. Edward's outlook on his life, and the adventures that are forever changing it, are superb. My daughter was able to see how he changed on his journey and the end...well, there were tears. Lots of tears...of happiness though! Try it. Kate Dicamillio is fabulous!