The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

miraculous journey of edward tulaneOnce, there was a china rabbit. Who was loved by a little girl. The rabbit went on an ocean journey and fell overboard and was rescued by a fisherman. He was buried under rubbish and unburied  by a dog. He travelled for a long time with the tramps and worked for a short time with the scare crow.

Once, there was a rabbit who loved a little girl and watched her die. The rabbit danced on the street of Memphis. His head was broken open in a diner and he was out together again by a doll mender. And the rabbit swore he would not make a mistake of loving again.

Once, there was a rabbit who danced in the garden in springtime with the daugther of the woman who had loved him at the beginning of the journey. The girl swung the rabbit as she danced in circles. Sometimes they went so fast, the two of them, that it seemed as if they were flying. Sometimes it seemed that both of them had wings.

Once, oh marvellous once, there was a rabbit who found his way home.

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The synopsis of this beautiful story that begins on Egypt Street is very poetic. The Rabbit itself is Edward Tulane. He lives with a family, the Tulanes. He is loved with the utmost care so much by his owner, Abilene. This is a wonderful adventure story, reminds me of Toy Story, a story about all the toys that have their own consious thinking. Eward, the rabbit does, and he is pampered by Abilene, leading him to being a rabbit who’s very pleased with himself.

One day, Abilene’s parents announce they will all be going to London. Abilene decides to take Edward along. When Edward is on board, he is thrown to the ocean by some boys who are picking on him. Edward gets lost on the sea.

His first mistress’s grandmother sets a ‘curse’ on him that resuted the whole journey. A few days before he starts his journey, the grandmother tells her granddaugther a story about a princess who knows no love.  The story finishes with a dreadful ending for the princess.

Love. That is a really important lesson that Edward the rabbit learns in his journey. He always loves his new owner and Edward always wishes to be with him/her forever, but only to be seperated without saying goodbye. And as he lays before getting picked up again, he understands that love is something really important to him.

Throughout the story, Edward always thinks of love. Once he is loved by a very sick little girl named Sarah Ruth, but he loses her. He keeps losing love and he wants to give up hope. But, life is very funny. Every time he thinks he is broken-hearted, he is found by someone again to experience another kind of love. Edward takes an extraordinary journey; from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to somewhere else. Along they way, Edward witnesses many true miracle. He learns to love, to lose, and to love again.

I really like this book  because I think everybody has the same feeling towards Edward. I can relate how people find and lose love. I can understand how people feel devasted when they can’t find love and search it everywhere. Like all people in the world, Edward is always longing to love and be loved again. In his journey, being toss around from one person to another, Edward almost lose hope; but can we really lose hope in life?

Kate DiCamillo is an American writer of children’s fiction, often featuring animals. Kate DiCamillo suffered from chronic phenumonia. At the age of five, she moved to Florida for better health. Some of her books include Because of Winn Dixie (I love this book!) and The Tale of Desperaux. She won many medals and literature award for her writing.  Boston Globe Horn Award for fiction is presented for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a complex piece of literature presented in a simple, yet beautiful story that I know everybody will love.

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