Good stories for kids: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

If you’re looking for good stories for kids, we recommend The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Melissa Gaynor explains why:

What You Need to Know:

• An excellent read-aloud, both adults and children will be captivated by Edward Tulane.

• Every word seems to have been written with care and chosen with precision and will resonate deeply
with the reader.

• Note of caution – Edward has been drowned, buried, flung from a train, nailed to a stick and broken to pieces –
literally and figuratively. There is also the death of a young girl and an abusive father.

• Some concepts like feeling mocked by the stars or birds “screaming a dark message in Edward’s ear” may require
further explanation.

• Some of the vocabulary may be challenging. Be prepared for words like ennui and contrarian.

• The illustrations, done in acrylic gouache, are works of art that perfectly capture the moment.


Edward Tulane “prefers not to think unpleasant thoughts.” It may be surprising that he has thoughts at all, as Edward is actually a toy rabbit. He spends most of his time thinking about his appearance, his elegant wardrobe and the stars in the sky. He’s not really interested in the people around him and only pretends to listen when they speak. He is a proud rabbit who had been given as a birthday gift to a young girl named Abilene by her grandmother, Pellegrina. Now ten, Abilene loves and cares for him, treating him like a human. One night, Pellegrina tells them a gruesome tale of a princess who chooses to live without love. The story, and sometimes Pellegrina herself make Edward feel “agitated” although he isn’t sure why. Warning for younger readers – Pellegrina’s story has an unpleasant ending”

Have your children read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane? What did they think of the book?

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