The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

by Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline

A china rabbit with real fur ears and tail, Edward Tulane leads a pampered life as... read more

A china rabbit with real fur ears and tail, Edward Tulane leads a pampered life as the beloved companion of his ten-year-old owner, Abilene. Edward, however, feels Abilene’s affection and attention are simply his due, and has nothing to offer in return except his decorative presence. In fact, the first genuine emotion Edward feels is fear, as he sinks to the bottom of the ocean after being tossed overboard by a pair of pranksters while Abilene voyages with her family to London. After he is rescued by a fisherman, Edward spends years being moved from place to place, always at the mercy of those who claim him. He learns what is truly important in life as he forms attachments and experiences the wrenching pain of loss. By his journey’s end, Edward has traveled full circle, but returns home changed: a rabbit who has learned humility, and gained the capacity to love. Kate DiCamillo has crafted a timeless story that doesn’t shy away from strong, realistic emotions, both joyful and very sad. Beautiful bookmaking and fine page-design add layers of pleasure to the reading experience, while Bagram Ibatoulline’s exquisite gouache illustrations, including tipped-in pages, add to the vintage feel of the volume. (Ages 8–11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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