The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (illustrated by Bagram Ibatouilline. Candlewick Press, $18.99, 228 pages)
Kate DiCamillo won hearts with a stray dog in "Because of Winn Dixie" and a talking mouse in "The Tale of Despereaux." DiCamillo fans will want to check out her new novel, the funny and heartwarming and sometimes frightening story about a stuck-up china rabbit who learns what it means to love someone.
Edward's owner, a 10-year-old girl named Abilene, loves him dearly. But Edward doesn't love anyone -- and Abilene's grandmother knows it. "You disappoint me," she tells Edward.
During a cruise on the Queen Mary, Edward falls overboard and that starts his "miraculous journey" toward learning what it means to care about someone else.
Don't miss it!
-- Jean Westmoore
>SOMETHING TO WATCH
A 30-member cast of kids from Niagara Falls middle schools will present "Music Man Jr." at 7 p.m. March 9 in the Performing Arts Center of Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road, Niagara Falls. It's free.
>SOMETHING TO MAKE
No one will ever guess that this fashionable and totally functional tote bag used to reside in the kitchen cupboard.
CEREAL TOTE BAG
* One empty cereal box, any size
* Assorted decorative paper, such as construction paper or scrapbooking paper
* Mod Podge matte sealer
1. Cut off the box's top flaps.
2. Draw a 4- by 1-inch oval centered on the front and back of the box, about 1 inch from the open end. Cut out the ovals to create the handles.
3. Tear your paper into various shapes.
4. Using the paintbrush, apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the back of a piece of paper, and then smooth the paper onto the box. Spread more Mod Podge over the paper to help seal it in place. Repeat until the entire box is covered, folding the papers over the edges of the box where necessary. Let the sealer dry, about 20 minutes.
5. To help the tote close easily, use the tip of the paintbrush handle to score a line down the middle of each side of the box, then bring the edges together as shown to crease the fold.
-- Family Fun Magazine