Review! The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Hi Readers! Today, I have a special treat for you all! I received a review request from the 3rd and 4th grade students of Kyoto International School in Kyoto, Japan to review Kate DiCamillo’s “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” and hey – who wouldn’t want to review a Kate DiCamillo book? Thank you to grades 3 and 4! Can’t wait to hear what you thought about it also!

edwardtulaneThe Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Written by Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

224 pages – ages 8+

Reprint published by Candlewick on May 27th, 2009

Synopsis- Edward Tulane was a rabbit. A marvelous rabbit. But, he was not like normal rabbits, for he was made of china. He wore silk suits tailored to him, and fine leather shoes. He had special made hats, and a working gold pocket watch. Edward belonged to a young girl named Abilene Tulane, who loved him very much. But when Edward is lost overboard in the ocean, he only cared for his own well-being, not about how Abilene would cope without him. Months pass at the bottom of the ocean, but during a storm, Edward is brought to the surface, and rescued by an old fishermen. As Edward is then passed around, he starts the miraculous journey of learning what love truly is.

What I Thought- I really enjoyed this book – I read it in one evening, I found it so gripping. Ms. DiCamillo has a unique way of making us look to our inner selves. This is a common trait in most of her books – they encourage self-reflection and internal changes in characters. Her writing style is unique, in the way that it seems to “Tell” more than “Show”, as in, she states more than she describes. Yet, somehow, every word paints a huge picture of the story. It all comes together. There are nice colored illustrations (at least in my version) and they add a lot of depth to the story. Edward is an interesting character–he does not move on his own, he cannot shut his eyes for they are painted on, and he cannot keep track of passing time–but he is full of life at the same time. The reader will be able to see Edward change from a selfish, vain doll into a loving, caring, selfless character. Ms. DiCamillo has written a heart-warming story that is more about finding what is important in life through doll who learns to love. The setting of the book varies, but can be in any country, really. It adds to the imagery in the story.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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31 replies

  1. Excellent review of a fabulous book. As you said, Kate DiCamillo’s books are so many-layered, and they make us look inward in a fascinating way. Thanks for this review. And how cool to get a request from a school in Kyoto!

  2. I’m so glad you read this, Erik! Isn’t it awesome?? Great review 😀

  3. Love this book and hearing your thoughts about it. It’s quite a masterpiece, isn’t it? 🙂

  4. Oh, great pick and great review. I read this aloud last year. We all loved it.

  5. What a great review, Erik! I need to add this book to my list. And what a treat to have a review request from third and fourth graders.

  6. Thinks it’s great that you stepped up to the jūbako for this request!

  7. Awesome review, Erik. I’m going to have to add this one to my TBR pile and recommend it to my boys. 🙂

  8. I have put this on my to be read list, now that you have reviewed it. I have been umming about reading it, but you have sold me on it.

  9. I LOVE this book. I know it is written for children but it strikes a chord with adults to. Ms. DiCamillo is an excellent story teller! How wonderful the students in Kyoto asked you to review this book. 😀

  10. Sounds like a beautiful story. Can the rabbit communicate in any way?

  11. Oh wow that sounds fabulous and of course Kate wrote it. Thanks, Erik!

  12. My son and I read this together several years ago. We loved it! You’ve written yet another great review, Erik! And it’s good to see how you’ve achieved international notoriety for your reviews. Well done!

  13. What a beautiful and unique story about what is really important. Excellent review. I think it is awesome the Japanese students asked you to review the book!

  14. This sounds amazing. I have it in my library and I have been wanting to read it for ages. Must get to it soon! 🙂

  15. Im a kid who just finished reading this book and OMG its amazing!!!!

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