Monday, November 3, 2008

Rachelle’s Book Club: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Today I'm giving a book review on a children's book. If you haven't read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo--today's the day to read it.
And because it is a children's book, it will only take you one day to read it--in fact just a few hours will be enough to read this story and linger on each page thinking about Edward's journey.

I love children’s books of this caliber—those that are wonderful for children to read, but adults can enjoy them just as well. The plot is simple, yet complex. There are tiny vignettes of humor or wit that a small child may not understand, but they can still grasp the story’s plot nonetheless.
Here’s a little excerpt from

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 and Bagram Ibatoulline take 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 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.

*This book is illustrated with beautiful, full-page color pictures with fine detail. As you read the story of this little china rabbit your heart will twinge with happiness and sadness, a happy tear, a sad tear might fall from your eyes—but you will keep reading. It is delightful because it covers all the emotions. I laughed out loud and then bit my lip to keep from crying.

Edward Tulane is a wonderful read-aloud story as well. The rhythmic language indicative of Kate DiCamillo fills these pages. She finds a way to weave a charming yet meaningful story. I’m pretty sure I’ve read all of her books and found them all different, with a distinct and meaningful story. I absolutely loved Because of Winn-Dixie and Edward Tulane ranks right up with that book.

I checked this book out at my local library but it is on my wish list of books to own. Please, go and read this story and then let me know what you think.

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