“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . .
This book threw me for a couple of loops. One- for some reason I thought this book was going to be about a real rabbit not a toy. Two- once I got adjusted to the fact that Edward was a toy, it took me a while to get used to the fact that he’s a much different toy than I’m acquainted with. When I think of toys in books or movies, I think of Toy Story toys. You know the type that move and talk when we’re not looking. Well Edward’s not like that. Instead, he can’t move and he can’t talk. He is ‘conscious’ and aware of everything that’s going on though.
I really didn’t like Edward for most of the story. He was cold and a bit mean. I was almost a bit glad that he got lost (though I was a bit sad for Abilene). Things got better on his journey. DiCamillo was able to make him grow as a character even though he doesn’t do anything. I don’t know how she made that work but she did. The character growth made everything fantastic in the end. It brought the story full circle and made me smile a bit.
The journey he takes is a great one. He travels and meets many different people. I loved the fact that he was able to come to people when they most needed him whether they realized it or not. It’s a simple idea but it’s a sweet one that adds a lot of heart to the story.
The bottom line? Yet another sweet story from Kate DiCamillo that’s absolutely worth a read.