THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Kate DiCamillo
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THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE

Age Range: 7 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Once again, DiCamillo harkens back to an older storytelling style, filled with magic and the transformational power of love. Edward Tulane is a china rabbit—dapper and serious and more than a little superior. His mistress, Abilene Tulane, loved him and “thought almost as highly of Edward as Edward thought of himself.” Edward is interested in little beyond his own comfort and beauty. Indeed, everyone except for Abilene’s grandmother, Pellegrina, condescends to him. She commissioned his making, ordered his dapper clothing and smart pocket watch and, in the end, demanded a good deal more of Edward than he thought he wanted to give. Her warning, “You disappoint me,” thrusts Edward into the adventure that becomes his life. He learns about love, loss and consequences. Somewhere between fairy tale and fable, DiCamillo spins the tale of Edward, transformed by the lives he touches. The reader will be transformed too. Sumptuous gouache illustrations complement the old-fashioned, dramatic narrative. Keep the tissues handy for this one. (Fiction. 7+)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7636-2589-2
Page count: 228pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2006




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