The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
AuthorKate DiCamillo
Cover artistBagram Ibatoulline
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung adult novel
PublisherCandlewick Press
Publication date
March 30, 2006
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages192pp
ISBN0-7636-2589-2
OCLC41601218
LC ClassPZ7.D5455 Be 2000
 
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
AuthorKate DiCamillo
Cover artistBagram Ibatoulline
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung adult novel
PublisherCandlewick Press
Publication date
March 30, 2006
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages192pp
ISBN0-7636-2589-2
OCLC41601218
LC ClassPZ7.D5455 Be 2000

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a 2006 novel by Kate DiCamillo. Following the life of a china rabbit, the book won the 2006 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in Fiction category

Plot[edit]

The theme can be summarized by a quote from the book: "If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless." (p. 199) Edward Tulane is a china rabbit given to a ten-year-old girl named Abilene by her grandmother in the 1930s. He enjoys a pleasant but vain life with his young mistress, who treats him with the utmost love and respect, until an unfortunate incident finds him falling overboard while vacationing on the RMS Queen Mary. Edward spends 297 days on the ocean floor, until a storm frees him from the seabed and a passing fisherman and his buddy pull him free. The man takes him home to his wife where he is renamed and forced to wear dresses.[1] Edward is passed from hand to hand of a succession of life-altering characters, such as a hobo and his dog and a girl with pneumonia and her brother. Edward's journeys not only take him far from home, but even farther from the selfish rabbit he once was. Edward is eventually cruelly broken against a counter top edge and then repaired and offered for sale in a doll store for several years, and is finally bought by the same mistress he once knew, but now older and more mature, with a daughter of her own.

Awards, nominations, and recognition[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The book was featured heavily in My Love from the Star, a 2014 Korean drama about an alien living on Earth for 400 years, who falls in love with a popular actress. The male protagonist identifies with Edward and reads the novel multiple times throughout the series. The novel, which had languished in obscurity for five years, was propelled to the top of the bestseller lists in major Korean bookstores after the male protagonist repeatedly quotes from it throughout the series.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Book Review". Kidzworld.com. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  2. ^ DiCamillo, Kate (January–February 2007). "Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Acceptance". The Horn Book Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  3. ^ "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane". Parents' Choice. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". National Education Association. 2007. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  5. ^ "The Quill Awards - The 2006 Quills". The Quills Literacy Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  6. ^ Bird, Elizabeth (July 7, 2012). "Top 100 Chapter Book Poll Results". School Library Journal "A Fuse #8 Production" blog. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  7. ^ "TV Soap Catapults Kid's Book to Top of Bestseller List". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 

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