The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo

Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5/5

This is one of those stories that frustrated me at first, but was a good read. In the end I couldn’t decide if I wanted to smile or shed a few tears. I’m still not sure! At first I really disliked that Edward was such a stuck-up little china rabbit, but by the end, I couldn’t help but like him.

Edward Tulane is a unique little china rabbit made for a little girl. She loves him and dotes on him, but Edward can’t help but feel bored of it all. Quite simply, he doesn’t know how to love, so he doesn’t care about the little girl or anything else except being treated well and not compared to a doll. One day, the family takes a long journey on a ship and he is accidentally thrown overboard. His miraculous adventure begins there as he struggles to stay sane and hopeful that he will be rescued and returned to his owner.

As the years pass, Edward is loved by many people, from hobos to an elderly couple, and he is equally mistreated by others. The story is beautifully told and each of Edward’s new homes comes with new adventures and hurdles to surmount. Slowly he begins to learn about love and of the dangers it entails, such as being brokenhearted and full of despair.

I recommend this for younger readers and as a bedtime story. It encourages discussion of loss, learning to love, treating others as you would want to be treated, the importance of taking care of what you love, and humility.
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