The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane by Kate DicamilloThe Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo

The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane

byKate DicamilloIllustratorBagram Ibatoulline

Hardcover | March 1, 2006

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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.
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...

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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 feel loved. That is an incredible thing.

5) What advice would you give to a young writer? Were you given any advice when you first started?

This is the advice I would give: read (a lot), write (a little every day), listen, look, believe in yourself. The advice I was given: go to graduate school (not, I would like to point out, the advice I would give).

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Title:The Miraculous Journey Of Edward TulaneFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:228 pages, 8.3 × 7.33 × 0.84 inShipping dimensions:8.3 × 7.33 × 0.84 inPublished:March 1, 2006Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0763625892

ISBN - 13:9780763625894

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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 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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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.

Editorial Reviews

One reading is hardly enough to savor the rich philosophical nuances of DiCamillo’s story. I think I will go read it again right now.—New York Times Book Review, TheThis achingly beautiful story shows a true master of writing at her very best.—School Library Journal (starred review)The story soars because of DiCamillo's lyrical use of language and her understanding of universal yearnings. This will be a pleasure to read aloud.—Booklist (starred review)Once again, DiCamillo harkens back to an older storytelling style, filled with magic and the transformational power of love. . . . The reader will be transformed, too.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)There will be inevitable comparison of Edward Tulane to THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, and Margery Williams's classic story can still charm after 83 years. But as delightful as it is, it can't match the exquisite language, inventive plot twists, and memorable characters of DiCamillo's tale.—Publishers Weekly, boxed signature reviewThe delicate sepia images that head each chapter and the full-color illustrations augment the emotional tenor of the book.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, TheDiCamillo writes tenderly and lyrically but with restraint, keeping a tight focus on Edward’s experience and gradual awakening.—Horn Book, TheBagram Ibatoulline's exquisite illustrations cast a warm light across this . . . tale by one of today's most admired writers for children.—Wall Street JournalDiCamillo has carved out a distinct place as one of her generation's most beloved writers.—Chicago TribuneWhen Edward's journey ends, the reader will be wishing this story could go on and on.—Washington Post Book WorldIn the tradition of poignant, beloved children's classics like Don Freeman's CORDUROY and Anna Sewell's BLACK BEAUTY comes best-selling, Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo's utterly charming creation THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE. . . . With traditional illustrations and text that begs to be read aloud, THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE will quickly take a place of honor on every child's bookshelf, undoubtedly and deservedly.—Time Out New York KidsDiCamillo . . . is a natural children's-book writer.—Boston HeraldThis choice is destined to become a classic.—Dallas Morning NewsDiCamillo’s book is as much a literary miracle as Edward’s transformation.—Raleigh News and ObserverDiCamillo’s newest offering is full of lovely, stately language, a riveting plot and a message that is heartwarming without being preachy. Fans of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE and THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX will not be disappointed. . . .This tale has 'destined to be classic' written all over it, and it lives up to its great promise.—Book PageA rare and beautiful book that remains in the soul.—San Diego Union-TribuneElegantly designed, with delicate, full-color plate paintings by Bagram Ibatoulline, it has the look of a classic.—Miami HeraldLovingly told, DiCamillo's affection for her characters shines through and overtakes you and by the book's end, readers will care deeply.—Honolulu AdvertiserA new classic has been forged.—Pittsburgh Post GazetteThe powerful storytelling of bestselling author DiCamillo paired with Ibatoulline’s luminous paintings, will leave no reader - child or adult - unmoved.—ChildBeautifully designed, with plenty of old fashioned illustrations.—Seattle TimesA riveting tale, by turns sad and joyous.—Scripps-Howard News Service, Best Children’s Books roundupThe miracle of Edward Tulane’s journey is the miracle of learning to love.—ForeWord MagazineExemplifies the art of bookmaking as well as excellence in storytelling and illustration.—Reading TodayA remarkable, eloquent and genuinely moving story. . . . Hang onto this title as one to remember for graduation gifts.—Denver PostIbatoulline outdoes himself — Yet even standing alone, the story soars because of DiCamillo’s lyrical use of language and universal yearnings.—Book LinksThe sad yet hopeful story of a selfish china rabbit that learns to love is beautifully written, and the sepia-toned gouache illustrations make this book one to treasure for many years.—Kansas City Star