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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (original 2006; edition 2009)

by Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

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Title:The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Other authors:Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 228 pages
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Tags:fiction grades 2-5

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (2006)

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
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Edward Tulane is an elegant china rabbit, the cherished toy of a girl named Abilene. Despite, being showered with a little girl’s love and having a privileged existence, Edward is bored and disdainful. It takes an arduous, eventful and miraculous journey to wake Edward up to the pleasure and pain of loving and living. This is a very sweet, allegorical story that makes its point without being either preachy or insipid. Although it was tagged young adult, I think it would make a great read-a-loud for early elementary and a good independent read for middle grades.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Kate DiCamillo wrote (in reference to her own personal writing focus and style: "The world, under the microscope of your attention, opens up like a beautiful, strange flower and gives itself back to you in ways you could never imagine. What stories are hiding behind the faces of the people who you walk past everyday? What love? What hopes? What despair?"

Edward, in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, experienced the "giving back" in ways he never imagined; he changes as the book progresses. His story touches upon so many aspects of the human condition; we will learn from him.

Please don't let the fact that you'll find Edward in the Children's Department of your bookstore or library deter you .. his story is one for all ages. He will irritate you, make you laugh and bring you to tears; above all - Edward's story encourages us to look beyond the surface.

For me, this book resonates with the power to change one's view of this truly beautiful, strange flower that surrounds us. Highly recommended for one and all! ( )
  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
Consider this a public service announcement: Awkward first impressions may result when the new school librarian is seen reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane in the faculty room, with a huge smile and tears streaming down her face...speaking from personal experience here, people... Beyond my personal moment of embarrassment at being discovered snotty-weeping, this turned out to be a positive moment. A teacher (who I had not had the chance to speak with much, but who walked in as I was attempting to get myself back together) ended up chatting with me about the books that had made an impression on him throughout his life - many of which were middle-grade books. This is a star of the genre.

Kate DiCamillo is superb. She spins such beautiful, literary, heart-breaking (and mending) tales for children, and never skimps on vocabulary or depth. Readers of all ages will find themselves caught up in her stories. I recommend her to everyone. ( )
  Debra_Armbruster | Apr 14, 2016 |
This is my new favorite book! Can't believe I have not read it until now! Such a wonderful story and adventure all wrapped into one.
Curricular connections:
*Compare/Contrast with the Velveteen Rabbit
*Real rabbits vs. not real
*Excellent read aloud or book study
  JulieBFEL | Feb 17, 2016 |
Impossibly beautiful story about learning to love, simply and gracefully told. Edward Tulane is little Abilene's china rabbit doll. Edward is vain, indignant and particular. His high-end manner comes to an abrupt end when he is thrown overboard on a family cruise and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Months later a ferocious storm tosses Edward about and he ends up in a fisherman's net. He spends time at the home of the fisherman and his tender old wife; later he travels with a hobo and his dog; provides comfort for a sick girl and ends up on the shelf of a doll repair shop. As Edward experiences the world and his new owners his elitist manner softens. His heart opens to love but is broken again and again. Hanging on to hope that someone will come for him again, the day comes when a grown Abilene and her daughter stop by the doll shop.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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DiCamillo's latest novel, "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," may well be her best. It is an elegant volume of creamy pages with a handsome typeface and generous margins in a pale green binding. Bagram Ibatoulline's haunting color plates and sepia illustrations at the beginning of each chapter evoke the era of Andrew Wyeth, Howard Pyle and Maxfield Parrish. The novel is set in the storybook land of no specific time or locale. There are no annoying cellphones or Starbucks cafes. Not even the pictures give a clue to the exact period covered by the events. It could be the America of the Great Depression reconstructed on a vast Hollywood back lot.

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The heart breaks and breaks

and lives by breaking.

It is necessary to go

through dark and deeper dark

and not to turn.

--from "The Testing-Tree," by Stanley Kunitz
For Jane Resh Thomas, who gave me the rabbit and told me his name.
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Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china.
What was clear was that he was being taken to a child to make up for the loss of a doll. A doll. How Edward loathed dolls.
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This is a magical story about a china rabbit from an award-winning author.Abilene loves her blue china rabbit, but Edward Tulane is extremely vain and only loves himself. On a voyage to London, Edward falls overboard and from there embarks on an amazing journey. He travels with hobos, works as a scarecrow, comforts a dying child and finally learns what it is to truly love.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763625892, Hardcover)

A timeless tale by the incomparable Kate DiCamillo, complete with stunning full-color plates by Bagram Ibatoulline, honors the enduring power of love.

"Someone will come for you, but first you must open your heart. . . ."

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 us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling 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.

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Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

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