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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

http://pennyreviews-chat.blogspot.com/

See reviews of Ms. Cole's books at

http://reviewsforpenny.blogspot.com/

Her website is www.penelopeannecole.com

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane" by Kate DiCamillo

I read Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  This is the third book by Ms. DiCamillo that I've read and reviewed.  The others:  Flora & Ulysses, and The Tale of Despereaux.  I will also be re-reading Because of Winn Dixie this week and reviewing it.

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Although I don't usually read reviews before I read an award winning book by a well-known author, I did read some reviews before reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  The ratings and comments were all over the map.  Some loved it, some hated it.  Some wanted to share the story with everyone, others wanted to protect children from it. With this background opinion and differing thoughts whirling around in my head, I went ahead and read it.

It was all the things everyone said.  The story is about a china Rabbit (a doll) who is very vain.  He's perfection itself and dressed to the nines.  He's well-loved by Abilene, the little girl he was bought for, but he feels and displays no love for her.  He doesn't get to stay with this lovely little girl. He is lost at sea and has many adventures over many years.  In the course of his life experiences he does learn love in all it's painful and beautiful guises.  In the end of the story he is a much-changed china rabbit. It has a happy ending, for which I'm glad, but it was hard going to get there.

Some people were hurt by the pain and suffering Edward Tulane endured.  Some were put off by his lack of feeling in the beginning of the book.  Some felt it was too difficult a book, too painful a book for children to read or hear.  Others thought it was amazing to see the transformation brought about by suffering and learning to love.  

At first I wasn't "charmed" by the character.  I thought, what a disgusting creature.  I tried to guard my emotions.  But then I got caught up in the story.  I had trouble putting it down. And like many readers, I cried.  So I add it to the list of great books by Kate DiCamillo and I continue to recommend all of her books and to read them.  I hope you will, too.

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Books by Kate DiCamillo:

Flora & Ulysses
The Tale of Despereaux
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Because of Winn Dixie
The Magician's Elephant
The Tiger Rising
The Mercy Watson Series

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More information at http://www.katedicamillo.com


Another Newbery Award!
  Flora and Ulysses: the Illuminated 
Adventures was awarded the 2014 John Newbery
 Medal for "the outstanding contribution for 
children's literature."

Ambassador Kate!
  January, 2014: 
The Library of Congress has announced 
that Kate is the new Ambassador for 
Young People's Literature. A new ambassador is 
named every two years and travels to promote 
reading. Previous ambassadors were 
John Scieska, Katherine Patterson, and Walter 
Dean Myers.

The Kerlan Award
 
The University of Minnesota Libraries presented 
Kate the 2013 Kerlan Award in June, 2013
The Kerlan Award is presented annually 
“in recognition of singular attainments in the 
creation of children’s  literature and in appreciation
 for generous donation of unique resources to the 
Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s 
literature.” Previous winners include 
Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Patterson, 
Jean Craighead George, Lois Lowry, and Karen Hesse.
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Kate DiCamillo, children's books, award winning books


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