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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane- A Must Read for All Ages

Updated on July 4, 2011

I've discovered a book through my daughter. She's seven years old, in the second grade. I was tucking her into bed one night and noticed that as always, she had left her library book that she brings home everyday on the floor by her bed. I picked it up reminding her to make sure to keep it put up and kept safe. It was a lengthier and heavier book than she normally chooses for the week.

She saw my interest in the book and reassured me that it was a very good story. Her teacher had read it to her class and she liked it so much she chose to check it out herself and read it again. I looked at the title, "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane".

 

I've always instilled the joy of reading in my kids. They have tons of books. Being seven years old, my daughter had grown to be quite the little reader on her own. So it had been a while since I had read to her. I took the opportunity to read this story little by little every night before she went to bed. To my surprise, it wasn't long before I had wrapped myself in full interest of the lovable Edward Tulane.

My two year old son would kind of hang out, and play around us as I read and my daughter layed on her bed. It was by the second reading that he actually decided to sit on my lap and tune into what was actually going on in this story. In fact, it's because of this book that he now calls his stuffed bunny Edward Tulane.

 I've always enjoyed reading, but it's been a long time since I've come upon such a simple yet beautifully told story that not only can appeal to a seven year old with much meaning, but bring both depth and delight so effortlessly from an adult perspective.

The story is quite charming and very simply put in the best descriptive way. No more, no less. Maybe it's just me, but I've always appreciated the kind of beauty and clarity that derives from simplicity. This is a great story and in my mind a definite classic that should be added to any book collection.

 

It grabbed and held the attention of my seven year old daughter, myself, as well as my 3 year old son. It tells the story of life through the eyes of Edward Tulane, a very special rabbit doll belonging to a girl named Abilene. It is a very easy read throughout yet as the story of Edward progresses, just as in real life it becomes more and more interesting. As you read, you journey along with the people, places, and emotions he endures most importantly his miraculous self-discovery and purpose for existence.

I found myself continuing to read aloud even through to the next chapter as my daughter would fall asleep just to find out what would happen next. There is an incident in this story where very interestingly, I actually teared up a bit as I read aloud a very touching few paragraphs, something that's never happened to me before. The author, Kate DiCamillo does a fabulous job of delivering lifes story through this journey. I truly believe that every reader will have their own connection to Edward in every scenario. Possibly even leave you contimplating even deeper about your own emotions stirred up through this story.

Add this must read to your collection

"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" is a Boston Globe- Horn book award winner. The author, Kate DiCamillo is an American children's author known best for her Newbery Medal- winning book The Tale of Despereaux along with numerous other award-winning and honored books.

This is a definite must read for all ages. A simply fantastically told story that played so easily through my head as the words were read. Such a great reminder of what little treasures we hold in our lives but have yet to be discovered or appreciated. I absolutely love, love, love this story! If you're a reader like me, and can appreciate a simple heart-warming book, then this story of Edward Tulane will be a much needed  breath of fresh air.

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    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Pamela99. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is an unforgettable story. It will make a wonderful Christmas gift!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Cheryl, You wrote a great review of this book and I will be thinking of it as a Christmas gift for my niece.

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks habee, I'm sure you'll all love it!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Cool! I'll check it out for the grands!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you oishi. I beleive you about children's books reducing stress. The simplicity of it all helps bring you to a different state of mind compared to reading more elaborate stories. As I've mentioned, this one's a nice refreshing story. I'm glad that you've enjoyed reading my view on it.

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      oishi 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful and interesting. I too love to read children's books. They highlight the simple and little joys of life which we adults often forget to enjoy. Reading children's books can actually reduce stress. Thanks for your feed-back on this nice book.

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Hi mikielikie! You and your little cutie will love this story. It truly is a great read for every age group! Thanks for the sweet comment! =)

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      mikielikie 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Once again you have inspired me. Im gonna get the book this weekend and read it to my son. LOVE YOUR HUBS!

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      I'm glad to hear that it attracts your interest De Greek! It really is a great story. =)

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Another expense! Now I have to read the damn thng :-))

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Nellianna! I'm sure that you'll love this story. Everyone I've recommended it to loves it as well! =)

    • _cheryl_ profile imageAUTHOR

      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      Your welcome singlmomat52. I just had to share this book with others, it delivers such a classic lesson or lessons of life! Definitely heart warming.

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      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      sheila b. that's a great idea, your grandkids will love this story and I'm sure you will too!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent review!- Makes me want to get the book and read it, as well as giving copies to several folks of various ages!! Thanks you, cheryl!!

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      singlmomat52 

      8 years ago

      Thank You! I love to read and ,as yourself, I have been reading since I was a little girl. I still have 'War of the Worlds' that my uncle gave me about 45 years ago. So I will go to the library and check this book out. I love heart warming stories. Great Hub!!

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      This sounds like a good book to keep in mind as a gift for grandchildren.

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