Plot: Once upon there was a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. He was a very self-satisfied and aloof rabbit. He knew he was loved by his owner, a girl named Abilene, but Edward was not capable of reciprocating. In fact, he did not care much about his surroundings or the goings on in his home. He cared more about his natty attire and took offense at being called an “it” by the housekeepers. Then, one day, Edward is thrown overboard the Queen Elizabeth, and he is lost. His journey begins and Edward discovers how to love.
Reading Level: Grades 3 to 6
Review: “ … I have learned to love. And it’s a terrible thing. I’m broken. My heart is broken. My heart is broken. Help me.”
Watch Kate DiCamillo, author of The Tale of Despereaux pull a china rabbit out of our hearts. This beautiful story about a china rabbit who is lost, lost at sea, loved, lost, loved, lost, and ultimately found is gorgeously simple. Readers meet Edward Tulane, a smug and reserved china rabbit who is separated from his owner, a young girl named Abilene. Edward care more about his outfits and accessories, including a pocket watch. Edward’s story is a meandering and decades-long journey as he is lost, discarded, redeemed, and ultimately changed and found. Edward is a loveable doll and loved by a litany of unlikely characters, but along the way, Edward learns how to open his heart. Ahh, but to love is to expose oneself to pain and heartbreak. DiCamillo’s readers will be startled by this nostalgic and dear tale but they will get over it and fall in love with Edward.
Awards: American Library Association Notable Book of the Year; New York Times Review Notable Book of the Year