Being an elementary teacher, I usually read a variety of children’s books whether it be to my class or just for my enjoyment. My school librarian kept raving about The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, so of course I had to read it! My classes and I were participating in The Global Read Aloud (GRA) and that was also one of the choices of books. We loved the Global Read Aloud! It allowed us to connect with other students and teachers around the world who were also reading it. The sign up for GRA 2015 is already available if anyone is interested!
I started and finished the book on a Saturday. This book is honestly one of the most heart-warming stories I’ve ever read. Edward Tulane is a china rabbit doll and a very selfish one at that. Edward goes through a journey that shows the hardships of life. Edward has to learn how to love, and just as he finds it, he experiences great pain. But what’s love without pain, right? This book has a lot of underlying meanings, especially spiritually. I connected with it in so many ways. Reading this book with my students was one of the best things we’ve done all year. They were able to connect with it and show emotions like they never have before. I cried the first time I read it. I thought I wouldn’t do it again reading it to my students, and I did fairly well until the end when I was choking back tears trying to finish that last page. I didn’t feel so bad though because several of my students were crying with me! Teacher or not, everyone should read this book.
Below is a trailer for the book. Jess and I watched this together and both sobbed. Jess NEVER cries, so you know if she’s crying then something is definitely going on. I also showed this to my students before and after we read the book. Uncontrollable tears every time (both my students and myself). Oh, and the sweet, sappy music doesn’t help either.