Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneThe Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 200 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Candlewick Press
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
ISBN13: 9780763625894

This book is an amazing journey that takes readers full circle along with Edward, a beautiful China rabbit, as he learns that love is imperfect and that loss of love can only be overcome with more love, not less. Although he begins his journey as a perfect China rabbit, a toy that is  magnificent in every way, Edward learns that love is not guaranteed and that to have love is to have faith in love – and the return of love in one’s life. He starts out a vain and selfish – beautiful only on the outside – an object of admiration. After a most fantastic and unlikely journey of love and loss, he ends up looking weathered and ruined on the outside but a changed heart on the inside.

The author Kate DiCamillo is one of the most amazing treasures in children’s literature today. I envy anyone who has not discovered her work, as it is an overwhelming experience of surprise and awe. Her ability to take the reader to places using words the way a navigator uses stars. Carefully and sparingly, she takes us on a journey of exploration inside our own hearts. The themes in this story of love, death and deep painful loss, and then love again are done skillfully and even young readers will appreciate the tears and joy in this journey. The illustrations are perfect – understated and subtle yet powerful.

This book has been recognized and awarded many accolades of different types: local and regional awards, readers’ choice awards, and most significantly the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 2006. Kate DiCamillo is currently appointed as the U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Awards: Zilveren Griffel (2007), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee (2008), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Intermediate Book (2008), Sunshine State Young Readers Award for Grades 3-5 (2007), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award for Junior (2009), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (2008), Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry (2006).


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