The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

by Kate DiCamillo (2006)

Also available in Spanish.

A truly classic tale by an author sure to be in print generations from now. Already recognized with a Newbery Honor for Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo offers a different book with a different sensibility.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a fable about a china rabbit who is beloved by one child, and meets that love with indifference.  He then endures an odyssey of personal and emotional self-discovery.  Harkening back to The Velveteen Rabbit, DiCamillo dives deep into the voyage of Edward’s heart, not just his china body.

Along the way, Edward meets a broad range of lonely characters from all walks of life.  From Nellie the fisherman’s wife, to Bull the itinerant traveler, to Sarah Ruth the sickly child, each temporary owner adds to Edward’s understanding of his place in the world and his need for love.

And along the way, children and families will fall in love with Kate DiCamillo’s mysterious, beguiling, haunting prose. She creates quiet, quick, poetic set pieces, all while Edward struggles to understand the parting words of his first owner’s curious grandmother.  Adding to the ephemeral quality of the prose are the haunting illustrations of Bagram Ibatoulline.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is not a cheerful book, but it is bursting with well-earned, hard-fought love. It has already charmed a score of One School, One Book schools and taught them the different magic an author as skilled as Kate DiCamillo can wield. It will continue to charm and awe families and show them the emotional power that can be wrung from the most unexpected places – from a children’s novel about a doll.