Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Fiction. Read the (Katherine Paterson, in Publishers Weekly) Read more at the Edward Tulane website. This achingly. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A timeless tale by the incomparable Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a novel by Kate DiCamillo. Following the life of a china rabbit, the book won the Boston Globe-Horn.

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Edward's subsequent adventures unfold with much the same romantic abandon as the doll's in "Hitty. Also like his predecessor, Edward is a passive character. He can neither walk nor talk.

But he does think and observe and wonder. His emotional journey through life encompasses several metamorphoses as a wide variety of owners adopt him. When a fisherman saves him from the sea, his wife calls him Susanna and puts a dress on him. But their nasty grown daughter tosses him in the trash.

Then he loses him. A crabby old woman uses him as a scarecrow in her cornfield until Bryce, an abused boy, rescues Edward for his poor little sister, Sarah Ruth.

She christens him Jangles, and Bryce strings up the toy like a marionette to dance for money. Loss is a common theme in DiCamillo's work. She has described "Because of Winn-Dixie" as "a book populated with stray dogs and strange musicians, lonely children and lonelier adults.

Edward Tulane does not realize what he has until it is gone. He thinks he may have finally found unconditional love with Sarah Ruth, but she dies like Little Nell and Little Eva from incurable storybook sickness. His life is literally shattered when an angry diner owner dashes him on the counter edge.

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Then the toy rabbit suffers a symbolic death and resurrection. As seen on the book's somewhat sinister jacket, Edward enters the afterlife, in a Fellini-esque dream that returns him to the Tulane mansion on Egypt Street. Of course this is a fairy tale: Edward, repaired, will end up in an antique shop and live happily ever after once an unexpected visitor walks in.

There is at that moment the same slight chill of recognition shared when Peter Pan returns years later to Wendy, now a grown woman with a daughter of her own.

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DiCamillo's style often echoes the rhythms and aspires to the grandiloquence of Victorian or Edwardian children's literature. More important for a young audience, she is a refreshingly graceful storyteller with a finely tuned ear for the discerning detail. True, "Edward Tulane" has the gratuitous vulgarity so expected in children's entertainments today: Rosie, the neighbor's brindled boxer, urinates on Abilene's family's dining room table and stains Edward's silk suit with drool.

And perhaps the author's vocabulary is at times a bit inflated for young readers. What child under 10 who has even heard the word ennui can grasp its meaning? However, one reading is hardly enough to savor the rich philosophical nuances of DiCamillo's story.

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His path to redemption begins when he falls overboard during the familys ocean journey. Sinking to the bottom of the sea where he will spend days, Edward feels his first emotion—fear.

Caught in a fishermans net, he lives with the old man and his wife and begins to care about his humans. Then their adult daughter takes him to the dump, where a dog and a hobo find him. They ride the rails together until Edward is cruelly separated from them.

His heart is truly broken when next owner, four-year-old Sarah Ruth, dies.

He recalls Abilenes grandmother with a new sense of humility, wishing she knew that he has learned to love. When his head is shattered by an angry man, Edward wants to join Sarah Ruth but those he has loved convince him to live. Repaired by a doll store owner, he closes his heart to love, as it is too painful, until a wise doll tells him that he that he must open his heart for someone to love him.

This superb book is beautifully written in spare yet stirring language.

The tender look at the changes from arrogance to grateful loving is perfectly delineated. Ibatoullines lovely sepia-toned gouache illustrations and beautifully rendered color plates are exquisite.

An ever-so-marvelous tale. Edward Tulane is a china rabbit with an extensive wardrobe. He belongs to year-old Abilene, who thinks almost as highly of Edward as Edward does of himself. Even young children will soon realize that Edward is riding for a fall. And fall he does, into the sea, after mean boys rip him from Abilene's hands during an ocean voyage.

Thus begins Edward's journey from watery grave to the gentle embrace of a fisherman's wife, to the care of a hobo and his dog, and into the hands of a dying girl. Then, pure meanness breaks Edward apart, and love and sacrifice put him back together—until just the right child finds him.It is a book seemingly meant for children, but reading between the lines of this story is what really pulls your heart strings. Read it Forward Read it first.

What will happen to poor Edward now? Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Print. Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Apr 08, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves:

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