I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Kate DiCamillo, and Edward Tulane is no exception. This story is beautiful and poignant. Her prose is pitch perfect in this story about a proud china rabbit named Edward who learns what it means to love and lose and love again. It’s the Velveteen Rabbit for contemporary children, but a completely original story at the same time. (No doubt, the main connection to the Velveteen Rabbit lies in its central character being, well, a rabbit, coupled with the overall poignant tone of the book; the plots are completely different.)
This is a book to read together with a child, savoring the gorgeous illustrations and traveling with Edward Tulane on his truly miraculous journey.
Recommended read aloud to elementary (to fully appreciate this story, kids need to be able to think/feel with the character and appreciate the bittersweet experiences)