Jefferson Intermediate School, Pella
Dear Kate Dicamillo,
Your book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, was a book that my mom read to me when I was in only second grade. This was the first book to impact me, and the one to impact me most.
I remember how I disliked Edward in the beginning, as he was arrogant, selfish, and ungrateful. But, as the story progressed, I learned to love Edward. This was the first lesson your book taught me, that people who are arrogant and selfish have more to them than being arrogant and selfish. These people (or in this case, rabbits) have thoughts and feelings too. I didn't realize this lesson when I first read your book, but I now apply it to everyday life. Whenever somebody at my school acts a little like Edward did in the beginning of the book, I remember that there is more to that person.
Another lesson your book taught me was that things can change in the blink of an eye. One moment you might be living an easy life with little to nothing to worry about; the next you have lost everything and life seems to be one problem after another. Edward lives in royal splendor at the beginning, but later in the book he has nothing. I realized that although life is good now, bad things can always happen. It also taught me the vise-versa. When things don't go well or turn out the way you want them to, you have to persevere and eventually things will get better. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
In the beginning, everything is always given to Edward. When he meets a dying four year-old girl named Sarah Ruth, everything changes. He wants to give everything to this girl. That is another lesson your book taught me, to give everything I have to someone else, even if it isn't much, even if it might hurt me to do it. Edward dances for her, he plays with her, and he loves her. He does not have much, but what he does have he gives to her. It isn't a lot, but it changes her life. To me, it was and still is amazing that giving of yourself, even when it's not much, could change somebody's life like that.
The final lesson your book taught me was to never stop loving. When people stop loving, terrible things can happen. People who are hurt so bad they break inside forget what it means to be to be happy and lose everything. Luckily, Edward heals before it is too late. He learns, and he taught me that you can't let sadness and regret govern your life.
Thank you for writing this book and teaching me so much.