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Middle Grade Monday is a weekly collection of blog posts assembled by author Shannon Messenger. For a complete list of posts, visit Shannon's blog HERE.
Ages 9 - 12
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely
And then, one day, he was lost.
Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline take us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobies' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle -- that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
I have had this book on my shelf for years but never read it. I started to a couple of times, but it wasn't the sort of story that really interested me. But when I was looking for a good read aloud story for my 7-year-old son, I finally took it down.
This is a perfect bedtime story for children. The language is simple and direct, yet beautiful. The interior illustrations are elegant and complex. My son loved the story of Edward's journey from owner to owner, from loss to love. It is a sad story at times. Perhaps a little too tragic for very young children. But it has a happy ending.
Like The Velveteen Rabbit, I believe DiCamillo's tale will live on in the hearts of many generations to come.