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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Paperback – July 28, 2009
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He liked the book, although there were some parts he may not have understood completely. Fine, I accept that. But there were some parts that I thought were a little rough for him, and maybe would have been rough even for a 3-6 grader. Specifically the story line with the abused children struck me as too rough to read as a kids' book in our house. Not that we deny to the kids that there are bad people in this world, but the story line was too hopeless to explain.
At the risk of writing a spoiler, let me say this: from the moment Edward starts his journey, each person's life that he touches is flawed, sometimes severely. And to this end, the happiness he brings into their lives is what is touching. But whereas Edward is redeemed by the end of the book, everyone else is still miserable, or in some cases, worse.
So my final thought is if you like Kate DiCamillo's writing, read this book. It's wonderfully written, and it is, indeed a weeper. But be prepared that if you read it to kids, the dark parts may outweigh the light.
In The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane we are given a glimpse of arrogance gone wild. The china doll is made to feel special and is loved so much by his owner that he can't conceive he holds any other position than the center of the universe. Then, in an unexpected event, Edward Tulane is thrust into the depths of despair and only thru the kind acts of others is he taught the meaning of love. His various handlers and owners each contribute to Edwards salvation in small ways.
I found this story to be profoundly touching. I suspect that many grandparents such as myself will find themselves reading this story to our grandchildren. I certainly plan to do so at the earliest opportunity.
Kate DiCamillo is truly a national treasure. I look forward to future stories and the development of her as a great author.
Hands down though, this story is her best yet. The plot is simple enough that my four year old sat entranced as we read the first 50 pages together tonight. It is compelling enough that I had to plow through the remaining 150 pages to get to the end.
This is the kind of book that you clasp to your chest when you finish it and then place reverently on a shelf to await the next reading. It is the kind of book that you will treasure and recommend to others. Don't pass this book by because it sits in the children's section...this book is for everyone.
There is an obvious reason that this book was released on Valentine's Day...the simple theme of love is what drives this story. As DiCamillo puts it: "If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless." If you are open to falling in love with a china rabbit named Edward Tulane, then pick up this book at once. You will not be disappointed.
Our family is a fan of "toys with souls" literature, having read Hitty and Rumer Godden and the Meanest Doll in the World. This is a book that moves in a different and challenging direction.
Yes Edward is thoroughly unlikable for much of the book. But we learn that love is not easily won and is to be treasured. Best for an older child 9 and up and with adult guidance.