The story begins with Edward Tulane, a China rabbit who belongs to a girl named Abilene. The family is wealthy and not only does Edward have fancy clothes to wear, but he has the love of Abilene as well. Edward felt quite strongly that they were not the whiskers of a rabbit. Edward is really quite vain and wishes that the adults in the household would treat him differently, but at the same time he simply doesnt realize what he has. Eventually Abilenes grandmother shares a story with Abilene and Edward about a princess who refused to love anyone and was turned into a warthog by a witch. What an amazing author to write a book like this. Shes become a favorite author and we want to read everything she writes. One of my favorite tropes is when a character learns about the power of love and I feel this book is a great example.
"It is a horrible, terrible thing, the worst thing, to watch somebody you love die right in front of you and not be able to do nothing about it." Once upon a time, there was a poignant and philosophical tale about a solipsistic, egocentric china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was loved by a little girl named Abilene. But first you must open your heart." Once, there was a rabbit who swore to himself that he would never love again.
Kate DiCamillos The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is just that. It tells the story of little china bunny Edward Tulane who knows not what love means. But little Edward Tulane will discover what love means the way we all do: through loss through life.
I looked forward to reading this book because, as the review on goodreads of Edward Tulane says, Kate DiCamillo is an incomparable children's author, and I have loved and cried over The Tale of Despereaux and The Tiger Rising in the middle of the Borders Cafe before. Edward's journey is miraculous in that the little china rabbit from which the book gets its name learns to love out of his many losses, which starts with losing his straw hat and ends with losing his hardened heart. The China rabbit's heart had begun, again, to open. And I think it's worth it for most anyone to take 30 minutes at the most, sit down, and read about how a China rabbit learns to love.
(Losing people you love.) Initially, I thought I would not recommend it nor read it again because it was just too strong. However, the more I considered this, the more I realized that to not recommend this book would be to make the same mistake that Edward made, and that is to refuse to experience something wonderful just because it can also be hard.
I was not able to hold back the tears as the story drew to a close, but my two beautiful boys wiped them away and assured me that there was nothing to be sad about, and I got the opportunity (one that seems to present itself quite often lately) to explain how tears can come from happiness as much as from sadness.
While sitting in Washington Square Park reading my Moomins novel while on a mini-lunch break I wondered about the recurring use of sadness and melancholy in the book. Do American children books usually refer to the the joys of a sweet melancholy feeling at the lose of something good that will never return?
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