Somehow i seem to be reading more juvenile literature of late than i usually do--not that i'm complaining, mind you, because i'm quite enjoying it. My latest discovery (highly recommended by my co-librarians) was The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.
It is the story of a beautiful china rabbit (with real rabbit fur for his ears and tail). He was always dressed in only the best of clothes and he was highly enamoured of himself. He is also loved and owned by ten-year old Abilene who took very good care of him.
I'm sure you've guessed by now that change is coming for Edward--he is separated from his dear mistress and tho i'm not sure his could be called a hero's journey he does learn the lessons he most needs to learn and it is a truly beautiful story--quite moving really--colour me impressed.
Now this is one of those books that i must own for myself as it is a beautiful tale (wasn't i just talking about how i need to stop buying books)--oh well some things just MUST be HAD--highly, highly recommended.