December 18, 2017

Book Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

By Ann Van De Water
by Kate Di CamilloIllustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline


My ten year old daughter Charlotte and I read this book together recently.  We both loved it.


Edward Tulane, the rabbit, has many grand adventures: sailing on a passenger ship where he goes overboard, riding the rails with hoboes, serving a farmer as a scarecrow, and being on display at a toy store.  In his darkest moments he remembers that he has been loved. He grows to becoming a loving being himself, something that he was not before.  There are some very sad parts, including an abusive father, but hang in there for the absolutely wonderful ending.  


The illustrations, some in black and white and others in color, are among my favorite of any children’s books since The Frances books ( Bread and Jam for Frances, etc.) by Frances Hoban and illustrated by Lillian Hoban. 


I recommend this book for ages 5 and older.


Ann is a former English teacher who is now a stay-at-home Mom of 10-year-old twin girls.

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