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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
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May 28, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: audio
Read in May, 2007

Edward Tulane, a china rabbit belonging to a little girl named Abilene, does not love anyone or anything except himself. He's extremely vain, snobby, and ill-tempered (although no one can tell except Abilene's grandmother because Edward can't move himself or speak out loud). Then one day he's accidentally dropped overboard a ship and spends several months at the bottom of the sea before a storm picks him up and deposits him in the net of a fisherman. Although he would have been mortified that the fisherman's wife dresses him up as a girl and calls him "Susannah", Edward is grateful for any attention after being in the mud at the bottom of the ocean for so long. And after awhile, the couple begins to grow on him. His journey continues after that, being picked up by a hobo and his dog, being used as a scarecrow in a garden, being given to a very sick, very poor little girl, and so on. And yes, Edward learns how to love.

This seems to be a love-it or hate-it book... and having listened to the audiobook, I think I am falling on the love-it side. The narrator was fantastic and I think it was just the right kind of story for a beginning-of-summer car trip through the fields of Indiana. Perfect example of the right book at the right time.

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