The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


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A timeless tale by the incomparable Kate DiCamillo, complete with stunning full-color plates by Bagram Ibatoulline, honors the enduring power of love.

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.

And then, one day, he was lost.

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763625894
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/14/2006
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 217,444
Product dimensions: 7.33(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

KATE DICAMILLO is the author of THE TALE of DESPEREAUX which received the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE of WINN-DIXIE, which received a Newbery Honor; THE TIGER RISING, which was named a National Book Award Finalist; and, most recently, the MERCY WATSON stories. She says, "One Christmas, I received an elegantly dressed toy rabbit as a gift. I brought him home, placed him on a chair in my living room, and promptly forgot about him. A few days later, I dreamed that the rabbit was face-down on the ocean floor - lost, and waiting to be found. In telling THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, I was lost for a good long while, too. And then, finally, like Edward, I was found."

BAGRAM IBATOULLINE is the illustrator of CROSSING by Philip Booth; THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by Stephen Mitchell; THE ANIMAL HEDGE by Paul Fleischman; HANA in the TIME of the TULIPS by Deborah Noyes; and THE SERPENT CAME to GLOUCESTER by M. T. Anderson. He says, "It was a singular and most pleasurable experience to work on the illustrations for EDWARD TULANE and to be there with him on his journey. I must admit, I'm a bit wistful now that I've come to the end of this very special book."


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china. He had china arms and china legs, china paws and a china head, a china torso and a china nose. His arms and legs were jointed and joined by wire so that his china elbows and china knees could be bent, giving him much freedom of movement.

His ears were made of real rabbit fur, and beneath the fur, there were strong, bendable wires, which allowed the ears to be arranged into poses that reflected the rabbit's mood - jaunty, tired, full of ennui. His tail, too, was made of real rabbit fur and was fluffy and soft and well shaped.

The rabbit's name was Edward Tulane, and he was tall. He measured almost three feet from the tip of his ears to the tip of his feet; his eyes were painted a penetrating and intelligent blue.

In all, Edward Tulane felt himself to be an exceptional specimen. Only his whiskers gave him pause. They were long and elegant (as they should be), but they were of uncertain origin. Edward felt quite strongly that they were not the whiskers of a rabbit. Whom the whiskers had belonged to initially - what unsavory animal - was a question that Edward could not bear to consider for too long. And so he did not. He preferred, as a rule, not to think unpleasant thoughts.

Edward's mistress was a ten-year-old, dark-haired girl named Abilene Tulane, who thought almost as highly of Edward as Edward thought of himself. Each morning after she dressed herself for school, Abilene dressed Edward.

The china rabbit was in possession of an extraordinary wardrobe composed of handmade silk suits. . . . Each pair of well-cut pants had a small pocket for Edward's gold pocket watch. Abilene wound this watch for him each morning.

"Now, Edward," she said to him after she was done winding the watch, "when the big hand is on the twelve and the little hand is on the three, I will come home to you."

She placed Edward on a chair in the dining room and positioned the chair so that Edward was looking out the window and could see the path that led up to the Tulane front door. Abilene balanced the watch on his left leg. She kissed the tips of his ears, and then she left and Edward spent the day staring out at Egypt Street, listening to the tick of his watch and waiting.

Of all the seasons of the year, the rabbit most preferred winter, for the sun set early then and the dining-room windows became dark and Edward could see his own reflection in the glass. And what a reflection it was! What an elegant figure he cut! Edward never ceased to be amazed at his own fineness.

In the evening, Edward sat at the dining-room table with the other members of the Tulane family: Abilene; her mother and father; and Abilene's grandmother, who was called Pellegrina. True, Edward's ears barely cleared the tabletop, and true also, he spent the duration of the meal staring straight ahead at nothing but the bright and blinding white of the tablecloth. But he was there, a rabbit at the table.

Abilene's parents found it charming that Abilene considered Edward real, and that she sometimes requested that a phrase or story be repeated because Edward had not heard it.

"Papa," Abilene would say, "I'm afraid that Edward didn't catch that last bit."

Abilene's father would then turn in the direction of Edward's ears and speak slowly, repeating what he had just said for the benefit of the china rabbit. Edward pretended, out of courtesy to Abilene, to listen. But, in truth, he was not very interested in what people had to say. And also, he did not care for Abilene's parents and their condescending manner toward him. All adults, in fact, condescended to him.

Only Abilene's grandmother spoke to him as Abilene did, as one equal to another. Pellegrina was very old. She had a large, sharp nose and bright, black eyes that shone like dark stars. It was Pellegrina who was responsible for Edward's existence. It was she who had commissioned his making, she who had ordered his silk suits and his pocket watch, his jaunty hats and his bendable ears, his fine leather shoes and his jointed arms and legs, all from a master craftsman in her native France. It was Pellegrina who had given him as a gift to Abilene on her seventh birthday.

And it was Pellegrina who came each night to tuck Abilene into her bed and Edward into his.

"Will you tell us a story, Pellegrina?" Abilene asked her grandmother each night.

"Not tonight, lady," said Pellegrina.

"When?" asked Abilene. "What night?"

"Soon," said Pellegrina. "Soon there will be a story."

And then she turned off the light, and Edward and Abilene lay in the dark of the bedroom.

"I love you, Edward," Abilene said each night after Pellegrina had left. She said those words and then she waited, almost as if she expected Edward to say something in return.

Edward said nothing. He said nothing because, of course, he could not speak. He lay in his small bed next to Abilene's large one. He stared up at the ceiling and listened to the sound of her breath entering and leaving her body, knowing that soon she would be asleep. Because Edward's eyes were painted on and he could not close them, he was always awake.

Sometimes, if Abilene put him into his bed on his side instead of on his back, he could see through the cracks in the curtains and out into the dark night. On clear nights, the stars shone, and their pinprick light comforted Edward in a way that he could not quite understand. Often, he stared at the stars all night until the dark finally gave way to dawn.


THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Kate DiCamillo. Text copyright © 2006 by Kate DiCamillo. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 8yo daughter to read during a transatlantic flight. I was shocked to wake up from my nap to find her crying. She is a prolific reader for her age and I have never seen a book touch her like this one did. I had to read it for myself and, of course- I cried too! It is a heartwarming book. Be warned though, it does deal with death and can be a little much for some young readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I perused the bookshelves of Barnes & Noble one Saturday afternoon, the cover of this little book caught my eye. I started reading it and didn't stop until I was done pausing only briefly to purchase the book and drive home. I loved the story and the wonderful pictures at the beginning of each chapter. I read and reread the final chapter several times and each time it evoked the same swell of emotions. This book has a timeless quality and I envision reading and rereading it many times over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an elementary teacher and this book was recommended by my school librarian so I bought it at the school book fair. I read it within two days on and off. There was moments where I laughed, others where I cried. My students would see me reading and were intrigued by the book so this coming school year we are going to read it as a class. I hope they feel the same way about the book as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book can break your heart and make you cry tears of sadness but it can also make you smile and surprisr and make you cry tears of joy. This book is a little bit of a love story in it but it als ha adventure and mystery and always makes you question whats going to hapen next. This is a good book to read a second or third time. Maybe even a fourth time. This is why i am giving this book give stars. It is also so well put together. I really do reccomend this to people age 8 and up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book inspired me to write my own stories. The love and passion put into this book has literally made me tear up every single time I have read this story. This is my most favorite fiction story I've ever read. I insist others to read and find out about Edward's journey!
heidik41 More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet, moving story for children to discover on their own, to make adults think, or to share with your kids (or even your bookclub!) and discuss. Brilliant character development and lovely illustrations. It was refreshing to experience a well-written children's book containing strong characters that so aptly depicted the value of true friendship, acceptance and love. It is the perfect balance of emotion and restraint; the story moves along at a good pace, spending the right amount of time at each point in the plot. There are some 'heavier' scenes and elements, but they are handled well. This was my first Kate DiCamillo book and I am anxious to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You learn from your kids. And from an amazing rabbit and the people who love him! What a wonderful book. Keep writing, Ms DiCamillo! I adore your work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet heart-touching book!!I think it is a great bed time story for all ages!!!But it is a little sad but still a GREAT book to read!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone who can should defenly readthis book! Read this book I tell you READ it, now This book is for all ages It is completey apropriote And its the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was heartbraking and loving and great i look for more books by this author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is the best book i had read in my whole life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good my school had to read it for March is reading month. I recomend it to any body!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in 6th grade and i read it in 4tj and i still give it 5 Stars!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book lve it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this to my son. We enjoyed the adventure of Edward. We laughed, cried and cheered for him. Loved the story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo is a wonderful book. This heartwarming story is about a china rabbit that learns the precious act of love. Edward, the rabbit, goes through a complete metamorphosis through the events in this story. Once I began reading this book, I could not put it down. I have already recommended it to several friends. It is a fabulous book. One of the best I¿ve read in a while!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is about an incredibly vain china rabbit, Edward Tulane, who is very pleased with himself until one day he is thrown overboard a ship and is lost. Edward is taken on a miraculous journey and learns what it really feels like to love, especially to feel emotion for someone besides himself. Edward's story teaches a valuable lesson, after what seems like a loss equivalent to 'the end of the world', it is still possible to love again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! it's so great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great story, a little part of it was sad but in the end it was it was really happy. You should read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended by my son's 2nd grade teacher...we had never read one of Kate DiCamillo's books, but we tried this one iand we absolutely loved it! My boys did not want to put it is simply written, but the language is so rich and the illustrations are just beautiful! The story is very sweet...reminds me a little of The Velveteen Rabbit, only much better! We have since read another of her books (Despereaux) and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. We'll be reading more of her books, for sure! My boys are aged 7 and 9.
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When i was in third grade my teacher recommended it and i read it. I read it again the next year and still liked it. It wasnt too sad but it was a great book because of how he goes from one family to another. The author really makes you feel bad for him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because of all the details and the adventures that Edward ( china rabbit) has. I think that the auther had a great idea for this book. I wish it was a series of books. 8)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 6 yearold it is now my favorite book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in grade 3 so our teacher read this story to us and she was so emotoinal she started to cry :( sad face.Then after the story edward tulane we read the book loser by Jerry Spenelli.