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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Spring 2006 Fiction
Ages: 7 & Up
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763625892
Hardcover Price: $18.99
This is a book for youngsters who like well-told, funny, adventure stories. Parents interested in stuff like humility, loyalty, integrity and love will want to pay attention as well. Edward Tulane is a pompous spoiled brat of a rabbit. He takes his comfortable life very much for granted, including Abilene, the girl who loves him dearly. He is self-centered and believes himself to be better than those around him because he is an exquisitely crafted doll with expensive clothes and a head made of fine porcelain. He receives a warning early on in the story from Abilene’s grandma Pellegrina. The warning comes in the form of a fairy tale Pellegrina tells Edward and Abilene at bedtime. Edward doesn’t get it and so begins his miraculous journey. Over time, Edward’s faults are stripped away through a series of relationships. He experiences fear, longing, and loss all for the first time and is made better for the experience. By the end of the book readers are about as exhausted as Edward and as touched by the end of this marvelous story.

Reviewed by Drego Little with special assistance from Amira Suntana, age 9.

Drego Little   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Drego Little is a graduate student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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