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My mom recommended this book to me by telling me that she loved reading it to her second-graders, that its many layers resonated with different kids in different ways, but that mostly the kids loved it because reading it aloud always made their teacher cry. And there’s something comforting to me about the idea that several cohorts of elementary school kids learned firsthand that while books are indeed made of plots and characters and ideas, ultimately their power lies in how they move us. There are many books written for children that get at the heart of life better than most books written for “adults;” this is one of those. Recommended for readers of all ages, particularly those who’ve felt a bit of sorrow and know that the purpose of heartbreak is to open the heart up to love.
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER is now available in paperback! This timeless tale by the incomparable Kate DiCamillo, complete with stunning illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline, honors the enduring power of love. (Age 7 and up)
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 treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.
And then, one day, he was lost.
Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
About the Author
KATE DICAMILLO is the author of THE TALE of DESPEREAUX which received the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE of WINN-DIXIE, which received a Newbery Honor; THE TIGER RISING, which was named a National Book Award Finalist; and, most recently, the MERCY WATSON stories. She says, "One Christmas, I received an elegantly dressed toy rabbit as a gift. I brought him home, placed him on a chair in my living room, and promptly forgot about him. A few days later, I dreamed that the rabbit was face-down on the ocean floor - lost, and waiting to be found. In telling THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, I was lost for a good long while, too. And then, finally, like Edward, I was found."
BAGRAM IBATOULLINE is the illustrator of CROSSING by Philip Booth; THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by Stephen Mitchell; THE ANIMAL HEDGE by Paul Fleischman; HANA in the TIME of the TULIPS by Deborah Noyes; and THE SERPENT CAME to GLOUCESTER by M. T. Anderson. He says, "It was a singular and most pleasurable experience to work on the illustrations for EDWARD TULANE and to be there with him on his journey. I must admit, I'm a bit wistful now that I've come to the end of this very special book."
One reading is hardly enough to savor the rich philosophical nuances of DiCamillo’s story. I think I will go read it again right now. —New York Times Book Review, The
This achingly beautiful story shows a true master of writing at her very best. —School Library Journal (starred review)
The story soars because of DiCamillo's lyrical use of language and her understanding of universal yearnings. This will be a pleasure to read aloud. —Booklist (starred review)
Once again, DiCamillo harkens back to an older storytelling style, filled with magic and the transformational power of love. . . . The reader will be transformed, too. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
There will be inevitable comparison of Edward Tulane to THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, and Margery Williams's classic story can still charm after 83 years. But as delightful as it is, it can't match the exquisite language, inventive plot twists, and memorable characters of DiCamillo's tale. —Publishers Weekly, boxed signature review
The delicate sepia images that head each chapter and the full-color illustrations augment the emotional tenor of the book. —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, The
DiCamillo writes tenderly and lyrically but with restraint, keeping a tight focus on Edward’s experience and gradual awakening. —Horn Book, The
Noted as a best book of the 2005-2006 school year —Library Media Connection
Bagram Ibatoulline's exquisite illustrations cast a warm light across this . . . tale by one of today's most admired writers for children. —Wall Street Journal
DiCamillo has carved out a distinct place as one of her generation's most beloved writers. —Chicago Tribune
When Edward's journey ends, the reader will be wishing this story could go on and on. —Washington Post Book World
In the tradition of poignant, beloved children's classics like Don Freeman's CORDUROY and Anna Sewell's BLACK BEAUTY comes best-selling, Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo's utterly charming creation THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE. . . . With traditional illustrations and text that begs to be read aloud, THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE will quickly take a place of honor on every child's bookshelf, undoubtedly and deservedly. —Time Out New York Kids
DiCamillo . . . is a natural children's-book writer. —Boston Herald
This choice is destined to become a classic. —Dallas Morning News
DiCamillo’s book is as much a literary miracle as Edward’s transformation. —Raleigh News and Observer
DiCamillo’s newest offering is full of lovely, stately language, a riveting plot and a message that is heartwarming without being preachy. Fans of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE and THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX will not be disappointed. . . .This tale has 'destined to be classic' written all over it, and it lives up to its great promise. —Book Page
A rare and beautiful book that remains in the soul. —San Diego Union-Tribune
Elegantly designed, with delicate, full-color plate paintings by Bagram Ibatoulline, it has the look of a classic. —Miami Herald
Lovingly told, DiCamillo's affection for her characters shines through and overtakes you and by the book's end, readers will care deeply. —Honolulu Advertiser
A new classic has been forged. —Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The powerful storytelling of bestselling author DiCamillo paired with Ibatoulline’s luminous paintings, will leave no reader - child or adult - unmoved. —Child
Beautifully designed, with plenty of old fashioned illustrations. —Seattle Times
A riveting tale, by turns sad and joyous. —Scripps-Howard News Service, Best Children’s Books roundup
The miracle of Edward Tulane’s journey is the miracle of learning to love. —ForeWord Magazine
Featured in article on Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners —Reading Today
A remarkable, eloquent and genuinely moving story. . . . Hang onto this title as one to remember for graduation gifts. —Denver Post
Ibatoulline outdoes himself — Yet even standing alone, the story soars because of DiCamillo’s lyrical use of language and universal yearnings. —Book Links
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