The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo: Review and Activities*This page contains affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book

Title: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Age Range: 7-10 years
Grade Level: 2-5

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is about a precious china rabbit that is loved by a little girl named Abilene.  Edward is very vain and thinks only about himself and how special he is…until one day when he finds himself lost in the depths of the ocean.  From a fisherman’s net to a toy shelf, the journey is more than Edward trying to find his way back to Abilene.  It is a journey of a self-absorbed rabbit learning to love and care for others.

(Even though this book isn’t about a live rabbit, I found that the teachable points of the story were well worth the read.)

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My Thoughts

While exploring book titles for rabbits, I came across The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I have a habit for searching out 5-star reviews and was curious as to what made this book so special to earn those coveted 5 stars.  I picked it up at the library (though I enjoyed it so much I bought my own copy) and read it quickly once I arrived home.  This book was one I could not put down.  I followed Edward through his amazing character transformation which is full of heartbreak and hope.  Edward is not a very likeable rabbit at the beginning, but that starts to change as he finds himself moving from one place to another, with each experience having an impact on how he perceives the world.

Edward goes through a range of feelings throughout the book, which is a wonderful way to teach about different emotions to kids.  One of the most important concepts taught is how opening one’s heart to love does not come without pain, but the way it can change us is worth the risk.

The book contains excellent life lessons that could lead to insightful discussions such as:

    1. Vanity and the negative consequences
    2. Opening your heart to love again after being hurt
    3. Learning the importance of putting others first

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The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

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The Book: The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck written by Thornton W. Burgess was first published in 1913. In this story, Spring has arrived and after spending all winter hibernating, Johnny Chuck decides that he is dissatisfied with his home and sets out to find a new place to live. His search leads him to a run-in with another woodchuck on the Green Meadows, a snake, and a female chuck that gives him a new purpose for finding the perfect place to settle down.

Things to Talk About

  • What is a woodchuck?
  • What is a hyla (now called a Spring Peeper)?
  • How were the Green Meadow and Green Forest changing from winter to spring?
  • Have you ever heard a “laughing brook“?

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Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

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With Halloween right around the corner, I thought what better book to read and review than Bunnicula!

The Book

Title: Bunnicula
Author: Deborah and James Howe
Age Range: 8-12 years
Grade Level: 3-7

Bunnicula was first published in 1979 and has been a favorite among children for many years. The story is told by Harold, the family dog. He and Chester, the cat, are surprised one evening when their owners bring home a lost bunny. Strange things start happening during the night and Chester becomes suspicious about Bunnicula and sets out on a mission to prove that this new pet is dangerous and needs to go. Will Harold be able to stop him?

My Thoughts

Believe it or not, this was my first time reading Bunnicula. Even though I’d heard of it for years, I think the idea of a vampire rabbit seemed way too hoaky. I read this book in an afternoon and have to admit, it was FUNNY. The dog and cat relationship depicts their differences perfectly: Harold just wants to relax and eat cupcakes while Chester sleeps all day and gets a bit neurotic at night (if you are a cat owner, this makes perfect sense). The ways in which Chester attempts to get rid of Bunnicula are hilarious and will have your kids laughing out loud.

The story is great for kids that like a bit of scary, as it balances out the events with humor. I was glad to see that there are several more in the series and will recommend these to my oldest daughter.

As a side note, I personally am not a fan of children’s books using the word “stupid” and this does occur a time or two in Bunnicula, though not enough for me to get too upset about it.

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