Julie asked Kate DiCamillo:

Hi Kate - my 9 year-old loves your books and her question is: How did you come up with the wonderful character of Edward Tulane and his china doll body and his little watch/clock?

Kate DiCamillo A very dear friend gave me a rabbit doll as a Christmas gift one year. When she handed him to me, I asked her what his name was and she said: Edward. That rabbit kind of haunted me. And when I dreamed about him, I knew that there was a story to tell.
Kate DiCamillo

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