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The Classic Tale of The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real [Hardcover]

Margery Williams
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Book Description

1 Sep 1981
In this extraordinary new edition, Donna Greens' beautiful and evocative paintings bring poignant meaning to a classic tale that remains as compelling today as when it was first published in 1922.Margery Williams' famous story tells of a young boy and his treasured favorite toy, a splendid "fat and bunchy" rabbit, whose ears are lined with a pink sateen.For this new edition Green has created superb oil-on-canvas works that are fresh and innocent, painted with a soft, tender touch that is utterly her own.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press,U.S.; New edition edition (1 Sep 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894711539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894711534
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 18 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stuffed toy rabbit (with real thread whiskers) comes to life in Margery Williams' timeless tale of the transformational power of love. Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy (as he is called) will choose him as a playmate. In time, the shy Rabbit befriends the tattered Skin Horse, the wisest resident of the nursery, who reveals the goal of all nursery toys: to be made "real" through the love of a human. "'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'" This sentimental classic--perfect for any child who's ever thought that maybe, just maybe, his or her toys have feelings--has been charming children since its first publication in 1922. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Celebrate the Easter season with "The Velveteen Rabbit, " one of the most beloved of bunnies, as he celebrates his 75th anniversary! This special edition, complete with the original story and artwork as they appeared in 1922, remains a timeless classic in children's literature with over 1.5 million copies in print. Ever since its first publication, this wondrous tale of the velveteen rabbit has delighted readers of all ages with its story of wisdom and love. Few other children's books so beautifully capture the spiritual meaning of Easter as does this simple tale of transformation and redemption through a child's unwavering love. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of wistful memory 4 Sep 2011
My wife died on the 5th July 2011. At the crematorium, the celebrant's first reading was the passage where the Skin Horse explains to the Rabbit how toys become "real".

What would have been a painful occasion was lifted into happiness, as he went on to prove how Daphne had been "real", and through her love of family and children, especially handicapped children, she had made others around her "real". Both my daughter and I have bought the book - without prior discussion.

As one who has been made Real (at age 78, all my hair has been loved off, I have become shabby and my joints loose, but my eyes haven't dropped out - yet) I commend this book.

Read it when you are feeling low, and find a smile.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to hand down 3 Jan 2005
The velveteen rabbit is a book my daughter aged 5 and myself love equally; the story of a toy rabbit becoming real through the love of a little boy, transcending his tatty fur and worn out appearance to become a 'real' rabbit; it appeals to children who may imagine this scenario with their own beloved toys and it is a favourite for me because of its well written classic style, shameless use of good english and 'grown up' language and the corresponding illustrations. Buy this, inscribe the front inside cover and watch it become a family treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does it hurt to be real? Sometimes. 1 Nov 2002
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.
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most beautiful book. 12 Aug 2004
By Margaret Gallagher VINE VOICE
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I am amazed that this classic book, which is such a lovely story for small (and big) people, has never been reviewed for Amazon. It has such a depth of understanding of human nature and the story is told with such love and sensitivity... And the part where the Velveteen Rabbit and the Skin Horse have their conversation about what it is to be Real is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful pieces of writing in the English language. Buy it for your children and grandchildren - and buy it for yourself as well.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'real' children's story 15 Sep 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
The rabbit, feeling a bit out of place and a bit unworthy, nonetheless yearned to be loved, not for what he could be or should have been, but rather for what he truly was. What child (or adult, for that matter) can't find meaning here? Children yearn for love and acceptance, and unfortunately we live in a world in which that acceptance and approval usually consists of things being bigger, stronger, better, prettier, faster, newer.
The rabbit is not the 'best' toy in the boy's collection; he's not the most expensive, the best constructed, or the most interesting. But as the wise old Skin Horse knows, it isn't in the flashy paint and moving parts that true love grows. True love makes one real, and it takes a special being and a deliberate process to become real. 'It doesn't happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.'
Being real can hurt, but the rabbit in the process of becoming real barely notices that his velveteen fur is rubbing off, his tail is coming undone, his pink nose is worn and his whiskers are gone. He knows he is loved, especially during the boy's serious illness (the story was written shortly after the great flu pandemic that claimed countless lives in the early part of the twentieth century, and other childhood illnesses were still commonplace killers even in the most technologically advanced countries, perhaps another aspect of how technology can fail to address the 'real').
The ending is poignant and significant - reality means something different for the rabbit than he anticipated, but it is a joyous happening nonetheless.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Book 12 Jun 2005
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This book has always been one that my mum and i have shared, now at 14 i am going to boarding school and this book is a going away present for her. It always used to make her cry when she read it to me, it has been years since we have sat on my bed and read the book together, i miss it and i hope by giving her this, she will always know! I love it and encourage everybody to do the same, read it! - if you have young children read it to them... it is a timeless classic and one that should never be forgotton. Its means something to me, and i hope it will to whoever reads it where ever they are in the world. :-)
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