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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Published by Walker, 2006

Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Tale of Despereaux which received the Newberry Medal in 2004. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. If you enjoyed DiCamillo’s first novel you will certainly be drawn straightaway to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

The story was born out of the author’s own experience. She says, “One Christmas, I received an elegantly dressed toy rabbit as a gift. A few days later I dreamed that the rabbit was face-down on the ocean floor, lost and waiting to be found. In telling this story, I was lost for a good long while, too. And then, finally, like Edward, I was found.”

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey from the depths of the ocean to a fisherman’s net, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes’ camp, from the bedside of a sick child to the streets of Memphis.

Edward, the conceited, cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit is adored and exceptionally well cared for by Abilene until he is swept overboard from an ocean liner. Only then does he experience hardship and the difficulties he encounters serve him well in becoming a better person.

Although classed as a children’s book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane will be enjoyed by readers of all ages, old and young. It is beautifully illustrated with full colour plates and pictures at every chapter heading making it a quality production ideal for sharing.

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