And then, one day, he was lost.
Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle, that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
©2006 Kate DiCamillo; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"This achingly beautiful story shows a true master of writing at her very best." (Publishers Weekly)
The story is fun, warm, cathartic, emotionally healing. It opened my heart even more than it already is by considerable trials in life. It is emotionally honest to the point of being painful, but moves along conclusively toward truth, reality and healing. The pain is healing. IT'S FUN. Like the bible, this book has more emotional depth, acuity, and life application than anything I've ever read. I will treasure it and share it with everyone I know. You will disdain, pity, dislike, identify with, cry for, mourn with, and love the very typical and yet charming and unusual Edward Tulane.
I listened to this book while driving to Atlanta from the MS Gulf Coast. Upon returning home I found that Kate is best friends with an old girlfriend. Working with families and children post-Katrina I thought this book would inspire hope for children who had lost everything. The message, "someone will come for you," echoed throughout my mind as I contacted Kate who graciously had her publisher send 125 copies of the book which was distributed at the local library. This book is a book for children which grounds the child in reality. We live in a world of loss and pain but there is always hope. To loose hope is to loose life. Edward Tulane's journey brought hope to many who lost everything. A truly amazing story.
In the tradition of _The Mouse and His Child_, _The Little Prince_ and _The Velveteen Rabbit_ this is one of those rare and astonishing stories, ostensibly written for children, that work on so many different levels one can't possibly process them all with one listen. Just as Edward Tulane becomes a different doll in each stage of his journey, I expect that this is a different story for everyone who reads it, and each time they read it.
The only reason for 4 stars rather than 5, is that the first half of the story does get a bit repetitive and even tedious. Still, by the last chapter I was overwhelmed by a level of raw emotion seldom experienced since childhood. I don't believe it is possible to come away from this story unaffected, and it stays with you for a long time after the narration has ended.
I don't often make my reading choices for a book while I'm reading a completely different genre book for another age range. First, on recommendation from a friend, I read a book I've intentionally stayed away from reading because of fear of the subject matter. That book was BROTHER ODD by Dean Koontz----and now, it's one of my new favorite books!!
In that book, reading Edward Tulan's journey was responsible for the change of a mobster to a sacrificing religious man. For me too, I completely fell in love with Kate's little china bunny, Edward. He began as a beautiful, but heartless toy, and through his many journeys he grew a loving heart.
This children's story should be read by children and adults alike. It's simplicity tells a huge story-lesson for everyone who wants a heart and purpose in life!!
My nine-year-old son picked this book out and the two of us listen to it together while working on a fence in our backyard. The story was excellent and it was one we could not stop listening to.
Published poet/author, retired public school science teacher, classical dance educator/choreographer, editor, illustrator and avid reader/Audible fan.
This Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was highly recommended by a school librarian and I decided I'd follow the good teachers advice. At first, as retired high school science teacher, I didn't really know how to take it...It was a children's book! I decided to give in and give it a go. Before I knew it, I was totally engrossed in this little character's "search for self" and found myself identifying with him and his bumpy road to self discovery...What a treat! I'm so glad I "Listened to Teacher"! This is a great family book...for children's, adults even something very special to share with Grandchildren....Well Done everyone involved!
It reminded me a bit of Pippi Longstocking meets the Velveteen Bunny!
Yes, it will make you laugh and cry. This book will bring out the cheerleader, friend and the nurturer in the reader
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