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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Paperback – Illustrated, December 8, 2015
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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 adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . . Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
Featuring black-and-white illustrations and a refreshed cover by Bagram Ibatoulline.
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—Sara Jessica Parker
One reading is hardly enough to savor the rich philosophical nuances of DiCamillo’s story. I think I will go read it again right now.
—The New York Times Book Review
This achingly beautiful story shows a true master of writing at her very best.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
The story soars because of DiCamillo's lyrical use of language and her understanding of universal yearnings. This will be a pleasure to read aloud.
—Booklist (starred review)
Once again, DiCamillo harkens back to an older storytelling style, filled with magic and the transformational power of love. . . . The reader will be transformed, too.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
There will be inevitable comparison of Edward Tulane to The Velveteen Rabbit, and Margery Williams's classic story can still charm after 83 years. But as delightful as it is, it can't match the exquisite language, inventive plot twists, and memorable characters of DiCamillo's tale.
—Publishers Weekly, boxed signature review
The delicate sepia images that head each chapter and the full-color illustrations augment the emotional tenor of the book.
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
DiCamillo writes tenderly and lyrically but with restraint, keeping a tight focus on Edward’s experience and gradual awakening.
—The Horn Book
Bagram Ibatoulline's exquisite illustrations cast a warm light across this . . . tale by one of today's most admired writers for children.
—Wall Street Journal
DiCamillo has carved out a distinct place as one of her generation's most beloved writers.
When Edward's journey ends, the reader will be wishing this story could go on and on.
—Washington Post Book World
In the tradition of poignant, beloved children's classics like Don Freeman's Corduroy and Anna Sewell's Black Beauty comes best-selling, Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo's utterly charming creation The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. . . . With traditional illustrations and text that begs to be read aloud, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane will quickly take a place of honor on every child's bookshelf, undoubtedly and deservedly.
—Time Out New York Kids
DiCamillo . . . is a natural children's-book writer.
This choice is destined to become a classic.
—Dallas Morning News
DiCamillo’s book is as much a literary miracle as Edward’s transformation.
—Raleigh News and Observer
DiCamillo’s newest offering is full of lovely, stately language, a riveting plot and a message that is heartwarming without being preachy. Fans of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux will not be disappointed. . . .This tale has 'destined to be classic' written all over it, and it lives up to its great promise.
A rare and beautiful book that remains in the soul.
—San Diego Union-Tribune
Elegantly designed, with delicate, full-color plate paintings by Bagram Ibatoulline, it has the look of a classic.
Lovingly told, DiCamillo's affection for her characters shines through and overtakes you and by the book's end, readers will care deeply.
A new classic has been forged.
—Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The powerful storytelling of bestselling author DiCamillo paired with Ibatoulline’s luminous paintings, will leave no reader — child or adult — unmoved.
Beautifully designed, with plenty of old fashioned illustrations.
A riveting tale, by turns sad and joyous.
—Scripps-Howard News Service, Best Children’s Books roundup
The miracle of Edward Tulane’s journey is the miracle of learning to love.
Exemplifies the art of bookmaking as well as excellence in storytelling and illustration.
A remarkable, eloquent and genuinely moving story. . . . Hang onto this title as one to remember for graduation gifts.
Ibatoulline outdoes himself — Yet even standing alone, the story soars because of DiCamillo’s lyrical use of language and universal yearnings.
The sad yet hopeful story of a selfish china rabbit that learns to love is beautifully written, and the sepia-toned gouache illustrations make this book one to treasure for many years.
—Kansas City Star
About the Author
BAGRAM IBATOULLINE is the illustrator of CROSSING by Philip Booth; THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by Stephen Mitchell; THE ANIMAL HEDGE by Paul Fleischman; HANA in the TIME of the TULIPS by Deborah Noyes; and THE SERPENT CAME to GLOUCESTER by M. T. Anderson. He says, "It was a singular and most pleasurable experience to work on the illustrations for EDWARD TULANE and to be there with him on his journey. I must admit, I'm a bit wistful now that I've come to the end of this very special book."
- Publisher : Candlewick; Illustrated edition (December 8, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763680907
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763680909
- Reading age : 7 - 10 years
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.19 x 0.71 x 7.69 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
Written by Sarah, Tom's wife
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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
“You disappoint me,” she said. “You disappoint me greatly. If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless. You might as well leap from this shelf right now and let yourself shatter into a million pieces. Get it over with. Get it all over with now.” “I would leap if I was able,” said Edward. “Shall I push you?” said the old doll. “No, thank you,” Edward said to her.
It is a story about awakening a heart and learning what love is. A closed heart is a closed life. A heart that loves, lives.
The main protagonist is a china rabbit. We follow his adventures as he adapts and changes.
The novel is beautifully illustrated with the most charming pictures.
I did have a favourite story within the lifetime of Edward Tulane. See if you do too.
The whole book is beautiful. I read it alone in just one sitting. I imagine it would be wonderful to read aloud to your children or grandchildren and share Edward Tulane’s journey with them.
This book would make a beautiful addition to any bookshelf.