The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane chapter 1 by Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline Click spacebar to move forward ¢
Chapter 1 Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there liveda rabbit who was made almost entirely of china. Hehad china arms and china legs, china paws and achina head, china torso and a china nose. His armsand legs were jointed and joined by wire so that hischina elbows and china knees could be bent, givinghim much freedom of movement. This is a plate made of china. You can hold it up to the light and see through it- that s translucence.
This is real rabbit fur. Edward s ears and tail are made of real fur like this! Very soft. His ears were made of real rabbit fur, andbeneath the fur, there were strong, bendable wires,which allowed the ears to be arranged into poses thatreﬂected the rabbit s mood — jaunty, tired, full ofennui. His tail, too, was made of real rabbit fur andwas ﬂuffy and soft and well shaped. The rabbit s name was Edward Tulane, and hewas tall. He measured almost three feet from the tipof his ears to the tip of his feet; his eyes were painteda penetrating and intelligent blue. Ennui is a French word. Can you say Ennui?
These are whiskers. Do you have an animal at home that has whiskers? Edward thinks his whiskers may have come from another kind of animal. In all, Edward Tulane felt himself to be anexceptional specimen. Only his whiskers gave himpause. They were long and elegant (as they shouldbe), but they were of uncertain origin. Edward feltquite strongly that they were not the whiskers of arabbit. Whom the whiskers had belonged to initially— what unsavory animal — was a question thatEdward could not bear to consider for too long. Andso he did not. He preferred, as a rule, not to thinkunpleasant thoughts.
Edward s mistress was a ten-year-old, dark-haired girl named Abilene Tulane, who thoughtalmost as highly of Edward as Edward thought ofhimself. Each morning after she dressed herself forschool, Abilene dressed Edward. The china rabbit was in possession of anextraordinary wardrobe composed of handmadesilk suits, custom shoes fashioned from the ﬁnestleather and designed speciﬁcally for his rabbit feet,and a wide array of hats equipped with holes sothat they could easily ﬁt over Edward s large andexpressive ears. Each pair of well-cut pants had asmall pocket for Edward s gold pocket watch.Abilene wound this watch for him each morning. A pocket watch.
Now, Edward, she said to him after she wasdone winding the watch, when the big hand is onthe twelve and the little hand is on the three, I willcome home to you. She placed Edward on a chair in the diningroom and positioned the chair so that Edward waslooking out the window and could see the path thatled up to the Tulane front door. Abilene balanced thewatch on his left leg. She kissed the tips of his ears,and then she left and Edward spent the day staringout at Egypt Street, listening to the tick of his watchand waiting. Edward is waiting for the big hand to get to the twelve and the little hand to get to the three. What time is that? Yes. It s 3 pm. Could that be the time that Abilene is dismissed from school? What time do you get out of school?
Of all the seasons of theyear, the rabbit mostpreferred winter, for the sunset early then and the dining- This picture is an example of reﬂection. You can see four buildings reﬂected in the window.room windows became dark Edward could see his own elegant reﬂectionand Edward could see his in the windows of Abilene s house. own reﬂection in the glass.And what a reﬂection it was!What an elegant ﬁgure hecut! Edward never ceased tobe amazed at his ownﬁneness.
Abilene holding Edward. In the evening, Edward sat at the dining-roomtable with the other members of the Tulane family:Abilene; her mother and father; and Abilene sgrandmother, who was called Pellegrina. True,Edward s ears barely cleared the tabletop, and truealso, he spent the duration of the meal staringstraight ahead at nothing but the bright and blindingwhite of the tablecloth. But he was there, a rabbit atthe table.
Abilene s parents found it charming that Abileneconsidered Edward real, and that she sometimesrequested that a phrase or story be repeated becauseEdward had not heard it. Papa, Abilene would say, I m afraid thatEdward didn t catch that last bit. Abilene s father would then turn in the direction ofEdward s ears and speak slowly, repeating what he hadjust said for the beneﬁt of the china rabbit. Edwardpretended, out of courtesy to Abilene, to listen. But, intruth, he was not very interested in what people had tosay. And also, he did not care for Abilene s parents andtheir condescending manner toward him. All adults, infact, condescended to him. Is Edward real?
Only Abilene s grandmother spoke to him asAbilene did, as one equal to another. Pellegrina wasvery old. She had a large, sharp nose and bright,black eyes that shone like dark stars. It wasPellegrina who was responsible for Edward sexistence. It was she who had commissioned hismaking, she who had ordered his silk suits and hispocket watch, his jaunty hats and his bendable ears,his ﬁne leather shoes and his jointed arms and legs,all from a master craftsman in her native France. Itwas Pellegrina who had given him as a gift toAbilene on her seventh birthday. Have you noticed that there are a lot of French things in this story? Grandmother Pelligrina is from France. France is a country in Europe.
The sentence, Soon there will be a story, makes me anticipate and gets me excited for the next chapter. How about you? And it was Pellegrina who came each night totuck Abilene into her bed and Edward into his. Will you tell us a story, Pellegrina? Abileneasked her grandmother each night. Not tonight, lady, said Pellegrina. When? asked Abilene. What night? Soon, said Pellegrina. Soon there willbe a story.
And then she turned off the light, and Edwardand Abilene lay in the dark of the bedroom. I love you, Edward, Abilene said each nightafter Pellegrina had left. She said those words andthen she waited, almost as if she expected Edward tosay something in return. Edward said nothing. He said nothingbecause, of course, he could not speak. He lay in hissmall bed next to Abilene s large one. He stared upat the ceiling and listened to the sound of her breathentering and leaving her body, knowing that soonshe would be asleep. Because Edward s eyes werepainted on and he could not close them, he wasalways awake.
Vocabulary, page 1 china- (noun) high-quality porcelain or ceramic, originally made in China. click back to slide 2 jointed- (adj.) having ﬂexible limbs. click back to slide 2 torso - (noun) the human body excluding the head and limbs. click back to slide 2 jaunty- (adj.) self-conﬁdent, stylish, dapper click back to slide 3
Vocabulary, page 2 ennui- (noun) boredom. click back to slide 3 penetrating- (verb) to enter into, to pierce. click back to slide 3 specimen- (noun) an individual, an item, a sample. click back to slide 4 origin- (noun) the point at which something comes into existence click back to slide 4 unsavory- (adj.) disagreeable click back to slide 4
Vocabulary, page 3 mistress- (noun) a woman who has power or ownership, a companion. click back to slide 5 array- (trans verb) a wide arrangement. click back to slide 5 reﬂect- (verb) to throw or bend back light from a surface. click back to slide 7
Vocabulary, page 4 duration- (noun) time continued. click to return to slide 8 condescending- (adj.) to display superior attitude. click to return to slide 9 commission- (noun.) carrying out a certain task. click to return to slide 10
Graphic Organizer Edward s ears and tail are made ofEdward was given to fur. Abilene on her 7thbirthday by her EdwardGrandmother. is made mostly of china. Edward Pellegrina had Edward made This is Edward s especially for pocket watch. Isn t Abilene in France. he very stylish?
Teacher-led Evaluation Activities* (students choose one) • Please draw a picture that retells as much as you remember about the story. • Please write a short summary of your favorite part of Chapter 1. • Please respond verbally or use the single switch to select words and pictures that show your favorite parts of Chapter 1. • * It does not matter how students are evaluated as long as the assessment tool is an accurate measure of their comprehension skills. Appropriate assessment measures should be selected on an individual basis, (Douglas, et al., Tech in Action.)