Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

My Rating: 4 stars

Date Read: May 11, 2014

Published: February 14, 2006 by Candlewick Press

Genres: Children's, fantasy

Summary: This story follows a rabbit made of China. Edward belongs first to a girl named Abilene, who loves him very much. Every time she leaves she gives him his pocket watch and lets him face the window, telling her the time she will be back and allowing him to watch for her. However, Edward does not return or appreciate Abilene's love. Her grandmother, who gave Edward to Abilene, notices this. The night before they're set to leave on a ship, her grandmother tells a story about a princess who never loved, and how a witch turned her into a warthog because of it. Later, on the ship, Edward is lost and lands in the bottom of the ocean. From there a fisherman finds him and his adventure begins.

Review: Edward's journey through this story is incredible. He's given so much personality and I think anyone could identify with the ways he loved and lost. It was hard enough for him to learn to love, but even worse learning to love again and again, overcoming loss and disappointment.
I loved all the characters Edward came to face with, from the fisherman and his wife to the hobo and his dog, but especially the little girls. And the message of this story was so clear and wonderful.
At the beginning I expected this to be a three-star book, but the writing and characters really set it apart from others. And I absolutely adored the ending.
Overall, this was a quick read for me, but it was beautiful. It was filled with love and written truthfully, and I like the fact that readers can relate to Edward - which is important, even though he is a toy rabbit.

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