Friday, October 23, 2009

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

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.


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