The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneTitle: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
Narrator: Judith Ivey
ISBN: 0307245934 (for Audiobook)
Pages: 200 pages
Discs: 2 CDs/ 1 hour 56 minutes
Publisher: Candlewick Press, c2006.

Martin threw Edward.
And Edward sailed naked through the air. Only a moment ago, the rabbit had thought that being naked in front of a shipload of strangers was the worst thing that could happen to him. But he was wrong. It was much worse being tossed, in the same naked state, from the hands of one grubby, laughing boy to another.
Amos caught Edward and held him up, displaying him triumphantly.
“Throw him back,” called Martin.
Amos raised his arm, but just as he was getting ready to throw Edward, Abilene tackled him, shoving her head into his stomach, and upsetting the boy’s aim.
So it was that Edward did not go flying back into the dirty hands of Martin.
Instead, Edward Tulane went overboard. (44)

Edward Tulane is a tiny China rabbit. Do not under any circumstances, call him a doll. He belongs to Abilene and lives in a house on Egypt Street. Well, at least that was the case until he was thrown overboard while on a cruise. Now he’s on a marvelous adventure where is drowned, thrown, burried, and almost eaten by a dog. With pictures by Bagram Ibatoulline that remind me of The Runaway Bunny, fans of the Velveteen Rabbit who have grown up should read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

I immediately drew the connection to the Velveteen Rabbit when listening to the book on CD. It’s a sweet, almost simple story of a rabbit who doesn’t realize what he had till it’s gone and spends the rest of the trip trying to regain it. I was pleasently surprised to find that the book is illustrated, and they really do remind me of the Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Pictures dividing the chapters are small, almost 1/9th of the page, centered, in tones of black, gray and white. Hidden inside the chapters are full page and full color illustrations, which I think readers will enjoy, flipping through and finding the pictures before finishing the book. While Judith Ivey has some great inflection for Edward, the cast of supporting characters start to sound the same by the end of the book. This would probably make an enjoyable read aloud for bedtimes, especially with a mixed age group.

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