How long since the last time you read a children’s book? Have you ever
wondered if you can find something precious, something meaningful in that piece
of writing even when you’ve grown up? Then I guess you should give this novel a
try. ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate DiCamillo is truly a
book you can’t miss on your journey of self-discovery.
Kate DiCamillo is one of the most beloved and successful writers, who has made distinguished
contribution to American children’s fictions with her notable works such as
Because of Winn-Dixie (2000), The Tiger Rising (2001) and The Tale of
Despereaux (2003). Her fourth novel ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’
has won huge acclaim since it was first published in 2006.
The novel, in which the writer doesn’t mention a specific setting,
focuses on the life of a plaything named Edward – Abilene’s dapper china rabbit.
He is described as ‘an exceptional specimen’, who doesn’t care about anyone
other than himself. In this simple but touching story, Edward takes on an
extraordinary journey and goes through many ups and downs. From Edward landing
on the ocean floor waiting to be found, he becomes Susanna being dumped in a
landfill, Malone being thrown out of a train, Clyde working as a scarecrow and
then Jangles dancing for a girl who is critically ill. Finally, he finds his
way home to meet Abilene and to be Edward again.
Through repeated separation, pain and sufferings during his journey, Edward
Tulane has undergone a dramatic transformation to open his heart wider and
wider. The heartless rabbit experiences human’s instinctive feelings: fear,
despair, happiness and gratefulness. Not only does he know to love others but
he also learns to be brave as love does require courage.
His wonderful adventure somehow resembles our own journey of
self-discovery. By overcoming several obstacles, we gain crucial life lessons
to become mature. Do we need to love and respect others? Do we need to be compassionate
listeners? And if love is painful, should we continue to open our hearts?
Edward has finished his journey at the end of story. But our own journey will
continue. It will take us a long time to get away and then to come back. Maybe
at some stages of life, we have to struggle with hardship like Edward and even serious
losses tear our hearts apart. Don’t worry, it will be alright. Keep moving on because
Edward has shown us that through darkness comes light, through pains comes
Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful,
simple, heart-rending story together with a lot of twists will delight you and
surprise you with every page. The story’s messages of hope, love, humanity and
connectedness are what make it stand out from other works under the same category.
No matter how old you are, from kids, adolescents to someone reaching
adulthood, I’m sure you are all engrossed in ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward
Tulane’ from the very first sentences.