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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
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Mar 06, 12

Read in March, 2012

This book is different than most as it focuses on a vain China rabbit whose owner, Abilene loves him. Although Abilene loves him, he does not feel any love in return as she is just a human to him. Edward lives a pampered life and is well taken care of but he takes it all for granted. Then on a family ocean adventure, Edward goes over board into the ocean and is rescued by a fisherman in his net. Edward lives with this family until he is thrown into the dumpster. Living with this family is the first time that Edward feels any emotion towards humans. After Edward is thrown into the dumpster he is later picked up by a homeless man and a dog. After he is separated from them his next owner is a young girl whom later dies. Edward then suffers a head injury from an old man and has to be put back together again. Edward had learned to love during his adventures but after being repaired he decides that love is too hard to deal with until a doll tells him that he needs to be open to being loved and loving in return. I think this book is magical and beautifully written as it touches on subjects that most children's books stay away from. Kate DiCamillo was able to capture the beauty of Edward even through his darkest hours. This book encompassed many emotions ranging from humor, fear, sadness and most importantly, love. The message in the story might be too much for children to understand even though it is an important one. I would read this book to older children in grades 4-6 because of the depth of the story. I would read this as a read aloud and have discussions about love and forgiveness. This book is a fantastic read and will certainly evoke many emotions.
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