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

Resources for Teaching

I try to include as many free resources for you as possible, though I know there are some wonderful activities available all over the internet for just a few dollars.

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Teaching Character Traits

Character traits are a big thing.  Sometimes I forget that kids don’t have the innate sense of what is proper.  I forget that what I consider “common sense” isn’t even a speck on their radar.  When kids play sports, there’s a lot of practice that goes into developing their skills.  We don’t just throw them out on the court or field and expect outstanding results.  The same goes for character traits.  We must continually coach our children in the ways we want them to behave.

This is why we’ve decided that, in addition to the collection of Burgess book activities and resources, we’re going to start a series of posts that revolve around the character traits found in the Thornton W. Burgess books.  Each post will center upon a specific character trait, which will include a brief description, as well as links to activities and book suggestions that help define this trait even further.


Let’s be honest here: not all character traits are positive.  Though we want our children to learn and develop the “good” ones, each of us experience weakness and difficulty in certain areas of our lives.  This is no different for children.  Talking about negative traits and reading stories about others who struggle with similar issues is especially beneficial to children.  It gives them the reassurance that they are not alone in experiencing negative behavior and helps them identify ways in which to change it.

Here are some of the traits we hope to cover:

Positive Character Traits Other Traits & Issues
acceptance/uniqueness anger
attentiveness greed
caring stealing
compassion stubbornness
contentment/gratitude moving
courage/bravery/overcoming fear being lost

We look forward to writing this series.  As parents and teachers, we are always searching for more ways to teach our kids how to get along in the world.  Sometimes we encounter traits in our children that are embarrassing to admit to friends and family, so we go in search of information via the web in hopes to come across a resource that will help provide guidance and answers.  Our hope is that, at the very least, we can be a stepping stone for you in the right direction.