Wednesday, May 02, 2007

We finished it..

This was our read aloud which we finished tonight. It was incredibly sweet, but also very sad in parts. My little tender-hearted guy (age 11) found himself crying the other night at one part, then tonight at another sad part, and then the two of us were crying at the bittersweet yet satisfying ending. This was a delight to read out loud--the prose is sparse, yet very emotional.

Kate Dicamllo has triumphed again, writing what I consider her best book yet, "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." I read it in about an hour and sat crying over the last chapter. The tears were happy tears, though, and the ending very satisfying. The story revolves around the character of Edward Tulane, a vain china rabbit who is loved by his owner but feels no love in return. A misadventure throws him out of his pampered life and into a path of a series of fascinating people, each one more lovely than the last. Edward's heart grows and grows until the question is not can Edward love, but can he love again after the depth of his heartbreak. Dicalmillo has a pared down narrative style that is refreshing and throught-provoking. "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" may be a children's book, but it is never childish. The message about loving and being loved is one that is important for people of all ages.

I highly recommend this to everyone! Now I need to decide what we will read outloud next. Maybe Little Britches?

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