The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Edward Tulane, an antique china bunny dressed in fine tailored clothing and gold pocket watch, belongs to a young rich girl named Abilene. Though Abilene adores and “pampers” Edward, Mr. Snooty pants cares for no one but himself. His circumstances soon change when he finds himself overboard an ocean liner, lost at sea. Eventually caught by a fisherman, Edward learns about love the hard way.

The book itself is very quaint, and the illustrations are beautiful, but Edward’s journey is pathetic. There is nothing entertaining about a bunny (he thinks and feels) who spends nearly a year at the bottom of the ocean, is deposited in the dump, thrown off a train, nailed to a scarecrow pole (illustration resembled a crucifixion), and then is tossed out into the street and broken into 21 pieces. He gets repaired, but only to sit around a doll shop for years waiting for a new owner.

What’s with all the melodrama? We know Kate Dicamillo is a brilliant writer and storyteller. But why must she include so much upsetting violence and disagreeable situations in a children’s book? Surely, the kids aren’t asking for it. This particular book should come with a coupon good for free counseling; young readers are going to need it after having to suffer through poor Edward’s journey.

For a more appropriate read about doll journeys try:

Hitty Her First Hundred Years or The Doll People

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