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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The Adventures of Peter Cottontail

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: The Adventures of Peter Cottontail

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail, written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1914, tells the stories about Peter Rabbit and his desire to change his name, as well as his many run-ins with Reddy Fox. His endless curiosity has him tracking down friends in an attempt to understand where they are going for the winter. Even though he is quite a trickster, we can’t help ourselves from loving him!

We have created an annotated version of The Adventures of Peter Cottontail ebook, that is available for purchase.  Along with the original text, we included end-of-chapter question guides to help prompt discussion and gauge reading comprehension.

We highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Thornton W. Burgess not only filled his stories with scientific knowledge about animals, he also gave his characters attributes and situations that help us teach about moral character.  Each book contains a variety of traits that can be turned into discussions about proper behavior and attitudes.

Visit our character traits page to learn more.

ActivitiesResources

Rabbit facts for kids
Rabbit paper dolls
Popsicle stick bunny craft
Bunny mask
25 rabbit crafts
Diversity lesson and art ideas
Find out the meaning of a name
Rabbit hole game
Teaching with carrots
The Carrot Seed 60th Anniversary Edition book and lesson plan activities
Fingerprint carrot and bunny craft
► About the clover plant
Shamrock (clover) crafts
Peter Rabbit sensory bin (this is for Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, but it still works here!  Just substitute a fox for the farmer.)
Hidden animal photos
Preparedness drills for kids
Games to teach survival skills for kids
Animals in winter printable
Hibernation cupcakes
Hibernation craft

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The Adventures of Reddy Fox

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Reddy Fox by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: The Adventures of Reddy Fox

The Adventures of Reddy Fox, written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1913, takes us along with Reddy Fox as he learns valuable lessons from Granny Fox about escaping Bowser the Hound and what happens when you show off. Reddy finds himself in a few sticky situations that also include humorous interactions with other woodland creatures like Johnny Chuck, Peter Rabbit, and Unc’ Billy Possum.

We have created an annotated version of The Adventures of Reddy Fox ebook, that is available for purchase.  Along with the original text, we included end-of-chapter question guides to help prompt discussion and gauge reading comprehension.

We highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Things to Talk About

Arts & Crafts

Science Exploration

Building Character

Extra Fun

Other Books to Read

More Themed Play

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Old Mother West Wind Unit Study

Free Old Mother West Wind Unit Study and Teaching Guide: Lists of Activities and Resources*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: Old Mother West Wind

Old Mother West Wind was first published in 1910.  This wonderful collection of stories written by Thornton W. Burgess has been a favorite over generations. Old Mother West Wind introduces many animal characters that later became books of their own. This is just the beginning of tales about Peter Cottontail, Reddy Fox, Jerry Muskrat, Johnny Chuck, and many more!  In this book, Burgess tells us why Grandfather Frog has no tail, why Jimmy Skunk’s family was given stripes, how Spotty the Turtle wins a race, and so many more endearing stories about woodland creatures.

Dover Children’s Thrift Classics have a wonderful version for sale on Amazon.com.  I love adding these little books to my library.

This book is also in the public domain and available for free download HERE.

Things to Talk About

Arts & Crafts

Science Exploration

Math Skills

Building Character

Extra Fun

Other Books to Read

More Themed Play

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