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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006)

by Kate DiCamillo

Other authors: Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

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    The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (jesanu)
    jesanu: Fans of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane will connect with the Magician's Elephant, DiCamillo's most recent publication. The books share the same lyrical quality and quest for self-identity among a cast of unique characters.
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    The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) by Avi (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: This book is for slightly older readers, but is a wonderful book for any reader. Lovely illustrations and terrific morals.
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a story about a toy rabbit's journey over time and through emotion. He first belongs to a young girl named Abilene who loved him dearly. Edward took his relationship with Abilene for granted, assuming that because of his looks and stature, he owed nothing of value to the little girl. His world changed when he was thrown off a cruise ship (being separated from Abilene) and spent years laying on the bottom of the ocean floor, until a fisherman scooped Edward up in his net. Throughout the story, Edward spends time with many different people including a hobo and his dog, a sick, young girl, and a boy with a harmonica. Edward's journey shapes him into finding the quality in life: to love, and to be loved. The overall message of this story is about love and growth, and why both of those are so important. Even through Edward's continuous heartbreak, he grows and finds that love is worth it. ( )
  DominiqueStewart | Oct 12, 2017 |
I read this for an older elementary school age book club at work, and liked it a lot more than I expected to. I don't know why I didn't think I'd like it, but it ended up feeling very much like one of those classic books from my childhood -- one of those stories that stays with you long after you've read it.
  sw502 | Aug 12, 2017 |
A simple plot with complex themes, this book follows Edward from an empty life lived in abundance to a life of instability, change, and, ultimately, meaning. Through this tale DiCamillo urges readers to open one's heart to allow love a chance, despite the risk. The book also has beautiful illustrations of this Early 1900's setting.


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  JoanAxthelm | Aug 4, 2017 |
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  HoughHouse | Jul 21, 2017 |
"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." This story sounds wonderful.
  KimHoffmann | Jul 19, 2017 |
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Epigraph
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
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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.
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:08 -0400)

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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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Editions: 0763625892, 0763647837, 076364367X

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