The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
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AuthorKate DiCamillo
Cover artistBagram Ibatoulline
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult novel
PublisherCandlewick Press
Publication date
March 30, 2006
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
LC ClassPZ7.D5455 Be 2000

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a 2006 novel by Kate DiCamillo. Following the life of a china rabbit, the book won the 2006 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in Fiction category.


Edward Tulane is a china rabbit given to a ten-year-old girl named Abilene[1] by her grandmother in the 1930s. He enjoys a pleasant but vain life with his young mistress, who treats him with the utmost love and respect, until an unfortunate incident finds him falling overboard while vacationing on the RMS Queen Mary. Edward spends 297 days on the ocean floor, until a storm frees him from the seabed and a passing fisherman and his buddy pull him from their fishing net. The man takes him home to his wife where he is renamed and forced to wear dresses.[2]

Edward is passed from hand to hand of a succession of life-altering characters, such as a hobo and his dog and a four-year-old girl with tuberculosis and her brother. Edward's journeys not only take him far from home, but even farther from the selfish rabbit he once was. Eventually, Edward is cruelly broken against a counter top edge, repaired and then offered for sale in a doll store for several years. He is finally bought by Abilene, his original mistress, now married with a daughter of her own.


The novel contains several themes involving loss and recovery, kindness and compassion, and the journey to self-discovery. The main theme can be summarized by a quote from the book: "If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless."- The old doll.

Awards, nominations, and recognition[edit]

The Miraculous Journey won the 2006 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for children's fiction[3] and a Parents' Choice Award for Spring 2006 fiction.[4] It was a Quill Awards finalist in the children's chapter book category.[5]

In 2007 the U.S. National Education Association named it one of "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" based on an online poll.[6] In 2012 it was ranked number 59 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal – the third of three books by DiCamillo in the Top 100.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The book was featured in My Love from the Star, a 2014 Korean drama about an alien living on Earth for 400 years who falls in love with a popular actress. This propelled the novel to the top of the bestseller lists in major Korean bookstores as the alien repeatedly quotes from it throughout the series.[8]

The book was also quoted at a memorial service for Gustav Åhr by his mother. [9]


  1. ^ "Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane".
  2. ^ "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Book Review". Retrieved 2009-07-10.
  3. ^ DiCamillo, Kate (January–February 2007). "Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Acceptance". The Horn Book Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  4. ^ "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane". Parents' Choice. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  5. ^ "The Quill Awards - The 2006 Quills". The Quills Literacy Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  6. ^ "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". National Education Association. 2007. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  7. ^ Bird, Elizabeth (July 7, 2012). "Top 100 Chapter Book Poll Results". A Fuse #8 Production. Blog. School Library Journal ( Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  8. ^ "TV Soap Catapults Kid's Book to Top of Bestseller List". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  9. ^ Mother of Gustav Åhr Speaks on Her Son’s Death. Retrieved 2018-07-21.

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