Friday, December 08, 2006

138. "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" ~ Kate DiCamillo


This is the story of a china rabbit who gets lost, learns to love, and is found again.

DiCamillo is the author of Because of Winn Dixie and The Tales of Despereaux, both wonderful beginning chapter books for children. But this is the first of her books that I found too brutal, at least for kids under the age of ten.

I'd love to teach a young adult/children's fiction course using this book because of her use of imagery and symbolism, especially the Biblical/Jesus figure of a simple china rabbit. Marvelous work.

3.75 out of 5.0 Milks (well, I've run out of non-alcoholic drinks).

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