The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Review by me, Emily

Edward Tulane is a fancy porcelain doll. Actually, he despises the word 'doll'. He's a much-loved porcelain rabbit. BUT, love doesn't mean much to him. He is too consumed in his own self-love to care about anything else.

Until he goes on a journey. Edward Tulane finds himself going from one hardship to another for years. He spends a lot of time at the bottom of the ocean, in a dump, and traveling with hobos.

During this journey, he discovers himself. He discovers love, but when he loses it over and over, he becomes even more hardened than before.

I know this story sounds sad, but it is so heartfelt. Kate DiCamillo has a way of bringing characters to life, and you just have to root for them as they go through the difficulties of life.

I'll admit it. I cried at the end of this story. The babies think it is quite hilarious when I cry while reading aloud to them.

Quick chapters and realistic (if porcelain) characters make this book an easy read that the whole family can enjoy AND learn from.


  1. I loved this book. I've also blogged about it, (although it's been over a year since), because it really resonated with me at a difficult time in my life. I love Kate di Camillo!!
    I've been enjoying your blog since before it was Homespun Light. My sister-in-law Jen introduced me. (I think she was your roommate?)
    Your taste in books is so similar to mine, and your posts are so well-written, I just keep reading even though I don't know you. :) Anyway, just thought I'd say hi.
    BTW, best of luck with the homeschooling! We have been a homeschooling family before, and it was a joyful, difficult journey that I miss in many ways. You don't really know the meaning of the word freedom until you wake up on the morning of a school day and realize that your babies get to stay right with you, safe all day. Oh, I loved that feeling!

  2. Oh, I so totally adored this book. Got choked up several times throughout while reading it aloud. I also read it to a class of 4th graders and they were just riveted.

    Thanks for such a great resource for clean books. I'm always looking for good stuff for my kids.