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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
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Edward Tulane is a china rabbit that doesn’t understand how to love. When a horrible accident happens and he is taken away from his owner, Edward begins on a journey that will last many years, bringing him from the depths of the ocean to the streets of Memphis where he may finally learn a thing about love. Much like the story of The Velveteen Rabbit, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a story told from the perspective of a toy rabbit. It’s amazing how DiCamillio can create a character so unlikable and so powerless (unlike the heroes of Toy Story Edward does not have the ability to move on his own) and still have the audience care about him. Perhaps it’s partially due to sympathy due to the lengthy trails he must undergo as he his picked up by owner after owner but always eventually lost again. In the beginning of the story, Edward is told a fairy tale about a selfish princess who is killed because of her selfishness. The novel continues this fairy tale feeling throughout the entire book. Although the ending is somewhat predictable, there’s no denying that it is effective emotionally and may even cause the reader to tear up as a result.
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