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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
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Jan 30, 2012

really liked it

What a beautiful story about a toy rabbit beloved by many people young and old. Edward, a rabbit made of china and dressed in fine silk clothing lives a privileged life until he falls overboard during a trip on the Queen Mary with his family. He is a rabbit who knows nothing of love until he journeys from the floor of the ocean and even through a garbage dump and into the heart and lives of many people. He opens his heart and lets himself be loved and loves his different owners with all his heart and soul. After a tragic near death when his head is smashed to pieces Edward becomes the property of a doll mender and decides that he is done loving and being loved. A wise antique doll reminds him that love is what the whole "journey" is all about; the only thing that makes it all worth while. In a lucky turn of events, Edward is reunited with his first love and lives happily ever after.

This book reads like a fable. Early in the story, Edward's first owner's grandmother tells her a bedtime story that fortells a sad future for a creature who loves no one. Edward's journey is colored with this warning and all of his adventures seek to set him on a different path.

The story is illustrated with color plates and the chapters are short making this a perfect read aloud. Additionally, this would make a great book club read. I'd recommend this title for grades 3-5 and this author to everyone.
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