Although Edward, a toy rabbit, travels far and wide in this beautifully illustrated book, his true journey is that of his "soul". Adored by his ten-year-old owner Abilene, Edward is so full of himself that he has no room in his heart for anyone else. When he is lost during a family vacation, however, he has time for reflection. After spending months at the bottom of the ocean, some fishermen find him in their net. Edward then passes from one owner to the next, living with hobos, an elderly couple and a fatally ill child.
Slowly Edward learns to listen to others and to appreciate them for who they are. Little by little his heart expands and understands what it means to really love. This book teaches in a unique way how difficult but worthwhile a conversion of heart can be. It is ideal for reading aloud and discussing, even with younger children.
Jennifer Minicus is a mother and teacher living in Ridgewood, NJ.
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