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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  36,576 ratings  ·  5,058 reviews
"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...more
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Published February 14th 2006 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 2006)
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Nov 02, 2007 Lizzie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, people who have/work with children, people looking for ways to explain the selfless love
Shelves: childrensrereads
I looked forward to reading this book because, as the review on goodreads of Edward Tulane says, Kate DiCamillo is an incomparable children's author, and I have loved and cried over The Tale of Despereaux and The Tiger Rising in the middle of the Borders Cafe before. Edward's journey is miraculous in that the little china rabbit from which the book gets its name learns to love out of his many losses, which starts with losing his straw hat and ends with losing his hardened heart. Take the velvete...more
What a beautiful story. I read it with my 8 year old daughter and more than once it brought a tear to my eye. It is the story of Edward Tulane, the china rabbit, who while passing from owner to owner (companions really, as he comes to love them) endures great love and great tragedy. He learns that no matter what happens in life it is most important to open your heart....let yourself love and be loved.
I was just trapped underground on a backed up metro train for an hour. Never have I minded, or noticed, a terrible commute less.
This story reminded me of "The Velveteen Rabbit". A little less magical, perhaps, but I appreciated the story of a rabbit who, instead of starting out full of love, learns to love and be loved until at the end of the story, he comes full circle. Easy reading, and could be a good one for reading out loud.
Well-written, beautiful, and somber. This is the story of a china rabbit who learns the true meaning of love. I read this book out loud to my class and truly enjoyed the masterful way that Kate DiCamillo crafts a story. Her word choice and sentence fluency found its way into my writing lesson plans to illustrate some of the possibilities waiting to be found in words.

Would I read it aloud again? Perhaps with older students. My class LOVED this story but it was sad, extremely sad in places. I fou...more
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I have to say that I am quite fond of Kate DiCamillo's writing, and Maggie and I very much enjoyed reading this book together. Oh, but it was exquisitely and simultaneously joyful and sad. Maggie even asked me later last night, after we had finished the book and she was getting ready to brush her teeth, "Why do people write about sad things, Mom?" Ah - innocence slips away in small parcels. Then again, when I read her The Velveteen Rabbit, B actually came running into the room to find out what w...more
I first read a library copy of this book several years ago to my oldest son, after it was recommended to me by my sister-in-law and having previously read Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson series for beginning readers as well as The Tale of Despereaux.

Recently, I picked up a copy of this book along with The Magician's Elephant, yet another gem by the same author, to have at home for the kiddos.

In between books, I decided to re-read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane while doing my morning walk...more
While sitting in Washington Square Park reading my Moomins novel while on a mini-lunch break I wondered about the recurring use of sadness and melancholy in the book. Do American children books usually refer to the the joys of a sweet melancholy feeling at the lose of something good that will never return? How do children relate to depressed characters? Do they even notice it? Why aren't more children books filled with melancholy, and not in a humorous way? While the sun beat down on my bench, a...more
Lovely illustrations throughout.

May 26, 2011 Cami rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jessica, Rachel, Jeanna,
A miraculous journey, indeed.
I just finished the audio version and my second time through this modern parable about learning to love.
Below is my original review and it still stands.

I can be quite a senimental sap at times and I have not cried this hard for joys mingled with regrets since The Last Battle by C.S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia.
I read this book aloud with my 7 yr old son. I think Kate DiCamillo is a special writer because she can write about china rabbits being loved by little girls...more
When a friend told me she was reading this book with her 3 and 5 year old kids, I immediately questioned whether they found it too sad. I purchased this book soon after its initial publication and had read it myself at that time. My recollection was that it brought me to tears, and as I have two quite sensitive little boys, I was hesitant to introduce this one to them. Inspired by my friends successful reading of it with her two (slightly) younger children, I bravely undertook this venture - for...more
Aina Dayana Hilmi

Kulit hadapan buku nampak klasik. Berwarna kuning keemasan dan ada seekor arnab berjalan menuju ke pintu rumah agam.

Novel kanak-kanak ini bertemakan kasih sayang. Kita tidak akan disayangi sekiranya kita juga tidak menyayangi. Teringatkan kisah di mana Rasulullah sollallahu alaihi wasallam mencium cucunya, Hassan lalu berkata sahabat yang melihat (Aqra'), "Aku mempunyai sepuluh anak tetapi tidak seorang pun pernah aku cium. " Maka Rasulullah sollallahu alaihi wasallam be...more
Edward Tulane adalah kelinci porselen yang tidak peduli pada apapun selain dirinya sendiri. Edward merasa dirinya luar biasa. Hobinya adalah memandang bayangannya di kaca dan mengagumi keindahan dirinya. Edward benci disebut benda, tersinggung dikatai boneka dan tidak pernah mau mendengarkan.

Lalu Edward terpisah dari pemiliknya, Abilene, saat berada di kapal dan jatuh ke dasar laut. Dimulailah 'perjalanan ajaib' Edward. Tinggal dengan nelayan, berada di dalam gunungan sampah, berkelana dengan ge...more
Loved it! I think I'll pick up a copy to save until my children are older, as the themes do seem to be a little too complex for their sensitivities.

I would recommend, however, reading it rather than listening to the audio version. The narrator attempted to use different voices most of which ended up sounding like Brer Rabbit or the Wicked Witch.
My first DiCamillo read.
I was blown away.

I thought this was a simple story about love. I was wrong about it being simple, because it showed how complicated life and love really were. It was touching, it was classic, it was.. very heartbreaking.

The first book to get me teary-eyed one of these days.

I love it.
Edward Tulane is a china rabbit, commissioned specially for Abilene Tulane by her grandmother, and he’s one vain bunny. He spends most of his time admiring himself and the fine figure he cuts in his custom-made silk suits. Abilene’s grandmother seems to know Edward’s thoughts are only for himself, for she warns him that without love, he will never be happy. And when Edward is tossed overboard by a couple of kids when he and Abilene are on a cruise he comes to know the truth of it. For the first...more
(C) Archer at KIPP
Mar 12, 2008 (C) Archer at KIPP rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Raul
Recommended to (C) Archer by: Ruly
Shelves: boys-have-read
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
By Kate Dicamillo
Reviewed by Raul Velázquez, grade 8
Kipp aspire academy, San Antonio, TX

"Please", cried Abilene. “Don’t throw him. He’s made of china. He’ll break. “This is the story of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo. This book is about a china rabbit that is owned by an old lady who passed it on to her niece. Her niece, Abilene loves her china doll rabbit, Edwaed Tulane.
On a bout trip to England, some boys took Edward aw...more
Vu K
Tiếc là không được đọc quyển này hồi còn nhỏ, vì hồi mình còn nhỏ thì quyển này chưa được dịch, mà khi ấy chẳng đọc được gì ngoài tiếng Việt, cũng như không thể có nguồn sách nào khác các nhà xuất bản trong nước, nếu được đọc từ cái hồi xa xưa ấy thì ấn tượng về nó hẳn rất sâu đậm và ấn tượng ấy xứng đáng cho 5*, như ấn tượng khi mình đọc những quyển Những vì sao (của A. Daudet), Những tấm lòng cao cả (de Amicis) hay Đảo giấu vàng (Treasure Island) của R. L. Stevenson hoặc Robinson Crusoe (Danie...more
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Jul 26, 2010 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children and Adults alike
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Cecelia for a Member's Choice Cyber Book of the Month - Thanks, Cecelia!
(5 Stars)

I was wanting something emotional, but I certainly wasn’t expecting it to come from this children’s book by Kate DiCamillo. *sniff, sniff*

I had started the first chapter of this book over a month ago, but just wasn’t in the mood to read it then. Then the due date loomed and I thought I better get cracking! Why did I put off reading this heart-wrenchingly beautiful story??? Yes, it is a children’s book, but it truly touched me and had me tearing up a few times. It had some beautiful illu...more
(C) Archer at KIPP
Mar 12, 2008 (C) Archer at KIPP rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to (C) Archer by: Celeste Martinez
Shelves: girls-have-read
I loved this book. The book was about a china rabbit named Edward who goes from family to family meeting new people and living with them. He learns how different people live and how they are.
While staying with them Edward gets used to them, he likes them. He is loved by every person who he stays with and Edward loves them back, but something bad always ends up happening to Edward. Like he’ll get lost and someone new will find him. Edward learns how to love people. He learns how to become attac...more
Drew Graham
Edward Tulane is a china rabbit who cuts a fine figure, and he definitely knows it. Elegant, pampered, and hopelessly vain, Edward lives a luxurious life adored by a little girl named Abilene. But then one day Edward becomes a lost toy, and begins a long and incredible journey in an attempt to be found.

This is the last in the Kate DiCamillo boxed set we bought a while ago, and I can easily say it's my favorite book of hers that I've read to date. Despereaux and Winn-Dixie are sweet and artistic,...more
Robin Hobb
This is the harrowing tale of a china rabbit doll who is separated from his young owner and undergoes a series of harrowing adventures over a number of years before finding a happy resolution.

Left to myself, I would put it alongside Black Beauty or Lassie Come Home, tales of animals who endure extended abuse, hardship and/or neglect before being reunited with owners who love them.

When I read those stories in my distant youth, they spoke to me. Now, I fear, if I re-read them, I might suspect tha...more
Apr 22, 2008 Hailey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This story is so freakin awesome. It's tender, aww. It's about a china rabbit by the name of Edward Tulane who lives with the girl who made him and her upper-class family. Edward is an incredibly vapid and conceited china rabbit, and thinks himself the best thing to ever sit upon the earth's crust. Abilene, his owner, loves him dearly and treats him as a real person. Edward loves no one but himself, and doesn't care a thing for love anyway. After Abilene's grandmother delivers a cleverly hidden...more
Bunga Mawar
Cinta adalah sesuatu yang harus ditanam dan dipelihara.

Edward baru sadar itu setelah jauh melangkah dalam tahun2 hidupnya.

Edward adalah kelinci porselen milik Abilene, gadis kaya yang tinggal di Egypt Street. Edward memakai pakaian2 mewah, selalu ikut pembicaraan keluarga Abilene saat makan malam, dan diajak bepergian naik kapal melintasi samudera.

Susanna adalah kelinci porselen yang dibawakan nelayan tua Lawrence untuk istrinya Nellie. Susanna diberi gaun jambon, siang hari menemani Nellie mem...more
I liked this one, but didn't love it like The Magician's Elephant. The idea is interesting, but Edward just isn't a very compelling character. Yes, he's a china rabbit, and it's kind of the point that he's a very one-dimensional sort of first-class not-a-toy, and there's this whole story of him learning to not be so self-absorbed and learning to love, but...

I'm not sure exactly why I didn't bond with the story. I adore DiCamillo's style. Every page is like a fairy tale. The writing flows beautif...more
Michelle BF
This is the book I'd write if I wrote books. I'm guessing some people may think it's too sappy. But I'm the kind of person that will cry at the Olympics when someone's awarded a gold medal so it kind of fits!

What a treat! My daughter and I have read this before together a few years ago and we're rereading it for a mother/daughter book group. We enjoy finding all the different layers and talking about the meanings of happenings, stories and what life is teaching Edward. My daughter begs me to rea...more
Mia Queen
*menghela nafas panjang*
Buku ini mengharukan sekaliiii, ga sampai buat nangis sih tapi saya bikin nyesek dada.

Dulu banget sudah pernah liat buku ini tapi ga tertarik beli, sampai ikutan gabung GRI teman2 pada heboh, cari-cari penuh perjuangan baru tadi nemu. Suasana hujan, dingin, pas banget deh buat baca si kelinci Edward.

Edward, seekor kelinci yang sombong tak mengenal cinta bermetamorfosis menjadi kelinci bijak yang percaya akan cinta dan tak kenal lelah dalam berharap. Apa yang membuatnya be...more
Nov 26, 2008 Meliana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone in search for love
edward tulane adalah sebuah boneka porselen kelinci yang rupawan dan angkuh. dia hidup dengan kemewahan dan dilimpahi kasih sayang oleh pemiliknya, seorang gadis kecil yang baik hati bernama abilene.

suatu hari edward menghilang. dan dari sanalah, edward belajar mengenal dunia. semua perjalanan edward adalah pelajarannya tentang hidup; perasaan terlantarkan, cinta yang tanpa pamrih, dan kebaikan hati yang meski sederhana, tetap hadir dengan jujur dan tak lekang oleh waktu.

bersama edward tulane, a...more
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Ternyata isinya nggak sesimpel yang aku kira. Dan...more
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Kate DiCamillo's own journey is something of a dream come true. After...more
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