There are not many authors in this world who write children’s stories about sorrow. It isn’t the sort of thing you would expect. In a world of fairy tales- battles being fought, dragons being defeated, and knights marrying lovely princesses- a story about the internal struggles of a slightly egocentric china rabbit is a bit misplaced. But the magic of stories is not the magic of potions and spells. The magic of stories is that they connect us. Kate DiCamillo connects us with The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and allows even the youngest of readers to understand profound concepts of sorrow, love, and hope.
Edward Tulane is a china rabbit who has big ears, fine clothes, and a cold heart. He has a loving owner, Abilene Tulane, who absolutely adores him. But despite all the love he receives, he has nothing to give in return. Instead, he spends his days staring at his own reflection in the glass of the window as he waits patiently for Abilene to return from school. And then, one day, he is lost. Thus begins the miraculous journey of Edward Tulane, in which his ears become droopy, his clothes become ragged, and his heart becomes warmer.
The story of Edward Tulane is a sad story, but it is true. It is not true in the sense that it actually happened, but true in the sense that sorrow, love, and hope are true, and they are true experiences for every person, regardless of his age. I highly recommend this book, and encourage parents to read it with their children. It is a heartbreaking story, but a broken heart is a sign of life. For any life worth living is a life spent loving.
“The heart breaks and breaks
And lives by breaking
It is necessary to go
Through dark and deeper dark
And not to turn.”
– From “The Testing Tree” by Stanley Kunitz
Published on 27 July, 2014. Last updated on