I read a chapter of Edward Tulane last night to B and MG. I can’t say enough about this book. Everyone should read it no matter your age. It is a very short chapter book with beautiful illustrations and you will love it.
To recap, Edward was a very self-centered china rabbit who cared only for himself and his fine clothes and nothing for the little girl who owned him. On a voyage across the Atlantic he ends up being thrown overboard and spends an unspecified amount of time a the bottom of the ocean until a fishing net catches him. We are in the middle of the book, and the fisherman has taken him home to his wife, who quickly grows quite attached to Edward, whom she names Suzanna. At this point, Edward is beginning to look outside himself and see the value of friendship.
I stopped reading at one point and asked the girls if they noticed a difference in Edward. Bird said “It is like the bottom of the ocean was a medicine that made him better.”
And that sums it up quite nicely.