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A timeless tale by the incomparable Kate DiCamillo, complete with stunning full-color plates by Bagram Ibatoulline, honors the enduring power of love.

"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 own
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Candlewick Press
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Mischenko
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oct. 14th 2020 - Another reread with my 7-year-old. I fell in love with this story all over again!

I picked up The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane after a high recommendation from a friend on Goodreads. We’d just finished reading and reviewing Because of Winn-Dixie which we loved. I took a chance on it and purchased it from Barnes and Noble to read with my kids.

The story begins with Edward Tulane, a China rabbit who belongs to a girl named Abilene. The family is wealthy and not only does Edwa
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JV (semi-hiatus)
"It is a horrible, terrible thing, the worst thing, to watch somebody you love die right in front of you and not be able to do nothing about it."
Once upon a time, there was a poignant and philosophical tale about a solipsistic, egocentric china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was loved by a little girl named Abilene. Albeit loved by his owner, he was incapable of loving others. One day, he was magically cursed by Pellegrina, the girl's grandmother who gifted her the narcissistic bunny
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Lizzie
Jun 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Kelly
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 21st-century
I was just trapped underground on a backed up metro train for an hour. Never have I minded, or noticed, a terrible commute less.
KristenR
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Erin
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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
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HBalikov
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t question much of what Kate DiCamillo chooses to write about. Going with the flow has its rewards. I had my doubts whether our “five going on six” year old would have the same attitude, but she did.

She stuck with the story, day after day, as this haughty and aloof china and cloth rabbit went through his reversals of fortune. Edward begins by caring for no one...not even the little girl who loves and cares for him.

In DiCamillo’s world, dolls can think and feel and talk. We humans just can
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Roya
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: quite-good, favourite
You'd think I wouldn't cry after the third read, but all I can say is that I'm glad I skipped the eye makeup today... ...more
Ken
This book got a boost by a write-up of books to read in dark times (read: coronavirus times) in The New York Times (the times, they are a changin'). It's one of those intermediate little kids book that works just fine for adults with a heart, too (or without a heart, if you're feeling like Ebeneezer Scrooge on the verge of the Ghost of Christmas Future).

Literally, it's about a china rabbit, 3 feet tall, with all manner of uppity airs about himself. The grandmother of his owner, a little girl who
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Calista
Typically, I adore everything Kate does. I thought this was a good story, but not one of her great stories. I didn't feel for Edward the way I normally do for her characters.

Edward is a porcelain toy rabbit. He doesn't appreciate being so well loved by his little girl until one day he's thrown overboard on a sea voyage and his miraculous journey begins. It's the type of book that he does get back to where he started after all hope seems lost.

The tone of the book felt melancholy to me. I never
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Sylvia
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dannii Elle
This is one of those eternally relevant children's stories, that can be read by all ages throughout all of time. In fact, it should be read by all. I'm only now discovering this tale at the age of 28 and just know that if my younger self had managed to get her hands on it, it would have become a firm, forever favourite.

The reader travels with a china rabbit named Edward Tulane through, as the synopsis states, "the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child
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Eve
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Greg
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Winna
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.
heba
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing

For my 250th review, I was conflicted on the book I wanted to write about.

Should it be a classic? Austen, Alcott, Orwell? Or maybe the book that's been on my TBR the longest? Or read something from a genre I haven't read from before? (Horror, erotic, spirituality) Or maybe something completely different! I raked through my brain trying to decide. I knew it needed to be special more than anything because who knows how long it'll be before I reach 500 reviews?! It could be years or...never.

So I

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Debbie Zapata
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: saturdaymx
I think this book is stunning. It tells the story of a china rabbit named Edward, who is nothing more than a toy in the beginning. A much-loved toy, but he doesn't seem capable of any feeling himself, other than annoyance when he is not treated as he thinks he deserves to be treated. I really did not like Edward at first, he was just so cold-hearted!

But this book is about growth. The journey is both actual and metaphysical. During his wanderings Edward has many experiences which teach him about
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Cassandra Fay
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful book, I remember reading it as a child and not quite understanding it's meaning, but I still enjoyed it. It is a book seemingly meant for children, but reading between the lines of this story is what really pulls your heart strings. I could read it over and over again. ...more
Linda Hart
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing


I LOVED this sweet, meaningful story so much that as soon as I finished the library's audio version (which is VERY well done) I purchased the hardbound copy for my own library! Edward Tulane is quite the dapper china rabbit, and he knows it. He's loved dearly by Abilene, the little girl who owns and cares for him so carefully, but he has a heart as cold as the china he's made from and loves only himself. Then he abruptly loses his privileged life and finds himself adrift in the real world where
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Amy
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
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
Robin Hobb
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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La Coccinelle
I'm not a crier when it comes to books... but this one nearly had me in tears by the end.

My mom read this one herself years ago, long before I'd discovered Kate DiCamillo's books. She enjoyed it, and I sort of filed that information away, along with a vague notion that I should one day give this book a try. Now that I've read it, I really wish I hadn't waited so long. It's probably one of the best reads I've had all year.

DiCamillo has this way of writing for kids that challenges them and respect
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emma
i read this book as a small person very shortly after the passing of my childhood dog and it made me bawl my eyes out uninterrupted for hours. like to the extent that my mom went from empathy to sympathy to acceptance to irritation that i was somehow still crying.

i will always hold a grudge against this book for that reason.

this is part of a project i am doing where i review books i read a long time ago, including ones like this that are just way too sad for no reason.
Denise '     -      ' Lopez
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've actually read this book before, it was one of my favorites, and i just wanted to see if I would still like the book as much as I used to. Its an easy and fast read, but hinestly I think its very enjoyable no matter the age. The book is like a life lesson, don't give up on hope or on yourself. I think quite a few people have mentioned that the book is kind of like Toy story, and I agree, but I feel like even though the topic is very similar, this book still towers over toy story. When Edward ...more
Cami
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kelli
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I never review children's books, though I read aloud no less than three a day. This whopper of a book was 200 pages of masterful writing with gorgeous illustrations. I loved everything about this perfect story of a lost toy but what I loved the most was the intricate way that the language of this story was handled. The rabbit thought quite a lot of himself and that was evident in his choice of words...you could read how he felt about himself in the things he said and the way he said them. The la ...more
lita
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-english
I moved this review to my blog
Katie W
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
What a sweet and tender journey! Edward is a china rabbit, and is quite stuck-up at that. Isn't it interesting how we often take things for granted until they're gone? Edward doesn't realize how good his life is until he isn't living it anymore. In an adventure through all walks of life, Edward learns some very important lessons and values that just might help him to grow a true heart.

I adore the illustrations and the words captivated me. Although this is a children's book, my emotions were tap
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Laura
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
***Second Read***

If you're in the mood for a comfort read, you can't go wrong with this author's work. This is a book about love and I found it charming, particularly at the end. I have a feeling I should read everything this author writes. 💙


***First Read***

I enjoyed this book, but it was just OK for me until the ending. The ending was magical. Definitely worth the read.
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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.

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