Margery Williams' timeless classic about love is my favorite children's book. I didn't discover it until I became a teacher, and now I look forward to Christmas each year so I can read it to my students. It is a simple, tender, and innocent tale about a toy rabbit that is given to a little boy one Christmas. He isn't a very remarkable rabbit, and the boy easily forgets him. In the nursury the rabbit is befriended by the Skin Horse, who knows all about how toys become real: When someone loves you very, very much, you become real to that person. The rabbit wants to be real more than anything, and one day, the boy plays with the rabbit, and they become inseparable. That is, until the boy gets very ill, and all of the toys he played with must be burned! What is to become of our dear little rabbit now?
You'll have to read the story for yourself to find out, and the ending will bring tears to your eyes. The author chose her words so well that the simple text conveys deep feelings of longing, despair, and ultimate joy. I recommend this book for children and adults. It is a book you will never forget.