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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
I really enjoyed reading "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate Dicamillo.
There was a china rabbit named Edward Tulane that lived in a house on Egypt Street. He was very pleased with himself because he was owned by a little girl named Abilene. Abliene loved Eward a great deal and took great care of Edward.
Abliene was going on a cruise and took Edward with her. All was well until Edward fell overboard. Thus, began the journey of Edward Trulane.
Edward was found by a fisherman, was torn and torn in a pile of garbage, had his head broken in many pieces and was put back together by a a man that owned a doll store.
Edward found that he had many feelings for all the people that he had come to know. He didn't know what to do when his heart was broken over and over.
Will Edward find another little girl to love him? Could he love another little girl or anyone again?
This story has some sad moments, but it also shows how we all have different feelings for differnt things. Things that seem bad one moment can turn and something good will come out of it.

I thought this book, also a 2008 Caudill nominee, was good but strange. It's written like an old-fashioned morality tale, complete with Victorian illustrations and a "life lesson." It isn't really important that Edward is a china rabbit; what is important is that he has a loftier-than-thou sense of who he is just because of his life's circumstances.

When Edward's comfy life is literally turned upside down, and he ends up at the bottom of the sea and then in a series of temporary homes, none of which match the grandeur of his first home, he must learn about life and love the hard way.

And musn't we all? Each of us sometimes faces situations that test our strength and our perserverance and help us to develop character--if we pay attention to the lesson.

This would be a great read-aloud for a family or a classroom. It reads really quickly and provokes some deep thinking.
A great story: it describes a "metamorphosis" from a selfish to a loving, giving toy. As his circumstances change, Edward learns to deal with a very diverse group of people and animals. He learns to be compassionate, and to give, not only receive, love.

This a a great story to read alone or with someone else, since it provides rich ground for discussion about how are we effected by changes in our lives.
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