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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane'' is an engaging and eventful story. These discussion questions can help your students work through the plot, events, and themes of this novel.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a 2006 children's novel by American author, Kate DiCamillo. The story follows a china-doll rabbit as he is taken on an adventure around the world that spans years, and in which he learns important lessons about love and humility. It's an engaging story, and one that students will probably be eager to talk about. These questions can help guide that discussion. These questions are geared towards middle to upper elementary students, but can be adapted for slightly older or younger classrooms.

Questions about Characters and Plot

  • Who is the main protagonist of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane? How are we introduced to Edward? What is your first impression of him in this book? What is his personality like? What are his strengths and weaknesses? Where do we see these?
  • In your own words, what is the plot of this novel? What is the story about? What is the main conflict? How is it introduced? How is it resolved?
  • How does Edward change throughout the story? Why does he need to change? Is it easy for him to change? What forces him to change his vanity and selfishness? Do you think it would be easy for you to make a big change like this?
  • What events help Edward to change? Why do you think it was necessary for Edward to go on a major journey over several years in order to actually change? What role do other characters play in his transformation?
  • Who is Abilene? What is she like? What is your first impression of her at the start of the book? What is your impression of her at the end of the book? How has she changed?
  • Who is Pellegrina? Why do you think Pellegrina talks to Edward the way that she does? Why is she important to this story?
  • What does each character in this story represent? What role do each of them play in Edward's journey?

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