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The Velveteen Rabbit Gift Set [With Plush Velveteen Rabbit] Hardcover – 1 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications; Har/Plsh edition (Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757303552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757303555
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 18.3 x 9.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,291,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 10 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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By D. Livingston on 16 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful story and speaks to the child in all adults. The pictures I've found don't work with my boy aged 5 and 3. They are quite adult in presentation. There is a more modern update which might appeal.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A 'real' children's story 12 Jan 2006
By FrKurt Messick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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. The Skin Horse, the rabbit and the boy are all real, and serves as an extended parable on how right relationships can overcome much adversity.

This is one of my favourite stories of all time, and the drawings accompanying this edition are very apt and special.

Added to this edition is a foreword by Toni Raiten-D'Antonio, whose book 'The Velveteen Principles' explores the different ways in which the lessons of the book can enrich the lives of adults and children of all ages. A wonderful addition to a wonderful book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brings you back 18 Mar 2006
By John Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read the book when I was kid (I'm 43 now) and seen it on stage a few years ago. When I saw that it was on sale with Amazon and with a stuffed animal I just had to get it. Reading it brought me back to when I was a kid. This is the closest thing to a time machine. Even holding the rabbit brings me back.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Velveteen Rabbit Gift Set: Hardcover book and plush 3 Nov 2006
By C. Bruening - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Plush is pretty small, don't expect a large stuffed animal. Very good quality,

I would recommend!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Description is a bit off 1 April 2008
By Eric Preston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At the time of writing this, the description for The Velveteen Rabbit Gift Set: Hardcover book and plush package has Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 8.2 x 3.7 inches. So I figured the plush doll would be 17.2 inches tall from base to ear tip, about the size one would imagine it to be after reading the book, it's not, closer to 10 inches total. Besides that, it's a great book, one of my childhood favorites.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
disappointed! 13 Feb 2009
By Dorothy A. Pratt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have no problem with Amazon, they only sell what is produced.

However, over the years I have bought this item and given it to children so that they can enjoy the rabbit and be read to by their parents.

Well, my great niece who will be 5 yrs old in April told her Grandmother, my sister, that her rabbit, was begining to fall apart and her Mommie was going to put him away and she was very sad. When my sister told me the story I told her I would see if I could find a replacement. I immediately went on Amazon.com and found the rabbit and book, and in fact I purchased 3, to have on hand for other children.

My purchase arrived and I opened the box to find the 3 sets, and was very disappointed to find that the rabbit not only shrunk in size, but the quality also was not the same. My great niece will know the difference, other children will not, but I know and I am saddened to see this happen!
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