The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a 2006 novel by Kate DiCamillo.
It recounts the adventures of Edward, a china rabbit who is separated from his original owner and passes through a variety of hands.
Tropes included in Edward Tulane:
- Bittersweet Ending: Edward finds his way home after being bought by his original owner, now married and a mother, but he can't quite get over the girl with tuberculosis who died during his journey. As the book ends, he imagines the girl looking down on him from above.
- Covers Always Lie: The cover shows Edward walking to his house, in the book, he is incapable of moving. likely, intentional for stylistic effect
- Died Happily Ever After: In the end, Edward imagines the girl who died on his way looking down on him.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: A character tells a story where the princess, as an animal, ends up killed and stewed because she was unloving.
- Inner Monologue: Most of the book is Edward's thoughts.
- Living Toys: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is narrated by a China doll, Edward Tulane, as he describes the different owners he encounters (and the personas they assign him) after being lost by his original owner.
- The Power of Love: What Edward learns.
- Silent Protagonist: Edward can't speak or even move, but he can think. The story is told through his narration.
- Sliding Scale of Living Toys: Edward is toward the inanimate end; incapable of movement, but capable of observing and reflecting on what goes on around him.