The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane & My Great Aunt Arizona

I've decided to review these two books together because they'd both be great as bedtime stories.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,
by Kate DiCamillo (who also wrote the fantastic Despereaux) is about a porcelain rabbit doll. We follow him as he changes hands time after time and as he learns about life and love along the way. A chapter a night would be perfect -- they're very read-aloud-able, and full page illustrations are sprinkled throughout. Each chapter ends with a bit of a cliff hanger, so you'll want to read again the next night. The story is moving as well -- don't miss it.

One of my childhood favorites, My Great Aunt Arizona (by Gloria Houston) is a picture book about the author's heritage. Sometimes you worry about finding an old favorite -- will it be as good as you remember? This one is even better than I remembered. The illustrations were unforgettable, and are still fantastic. The book isn't wordy, in fact it's a very accessible, non-rhyming sort of poetic. It's a short book, but it covers Arizona's whole life by giving little vignettes on the way. I remember staring at one page and telling myself stories about what that must have been like. So, it's a book that can really engage the imagination. sigh. It's beautiful. I gotta get me a copy.


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