228 pages, 8.25 × 7.25 × 0.81 in
February 14, 2006
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0763625892
ISBN - 13: 9780763625894
Read from the Book
CHAPTER ONEOnce, 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 dr
From the Publisher
A timeless tale by the incomparable Kate DiCamillo, complete with stunning full-color plates by Bagram Ibatoulline, honors the enduring power of love.
"Someone will come for you, but first you must open your heart. . . ."
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.
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."
JAB Member, Katie Hillman's Q&A with Kate DiCamillo author of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
1) Your books are 'ageless'; I love them, my younger sister loves them, and my mother loves them (maybe most of all!) How do you create such wonderful stories that can appeal to any age?
If, indeed, my stories appeal to any age (and what a happy thought), I think it might be because I don't think about ages when I am writing. I only think about the story. I try to tell the story as true and well as I can; and I think stories (the need to tell one, the need to be told one) are ageless.
2) Your stories often contain tragic elements; people dying or leaving, or other issues that are hard for children (and, well, everyone.) Do you think including these lessons about life is important in children's literature, when most books are sugarcoated?
I never think about them as "lessons," rather I just see those things (the tragic elements) as part of life. The happy elements are there, too, of course: joy and laughter and silliness. Stories are about *all* of life, I think.
3) Many of your books are about animals. Are than any real animals that have been your inspiration?
Well, I grew up with a fantastic standard poodle named Nanette. But she has yet to appear in any of my stories.
4) What has been the most satisfying thing about being an author?
It is a truly amazing thing to get to do what you love for a living and then have people embrace what you do. I
From Our Editors
The Newbery Medal-winning author of "The Tale of Despereaux" returns with this story about a toy china rabbit named Edward Tulane. When he becomes lost, Edward takes an extraordinary journey, and shows readers a true miracle. Illustrations.
"Superbly performed...a top-notch treatment of an award-winning tale."