The Velveteen Rabbit



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 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 SateenFor 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 OwnThe Velveteen Rabbit

British born Margery Winifred Williams moved with her parents to the USA in 1890 She became a professional writer at age 19 In 1904, on a visit to her English publisher, she met and married Francisco Bianco, an Italian living in London The couple went to live in Turin, Italy, for many years Margery eventually returned with her own family to the USA in 1921 She s best remembered today for The Velveteen Rabbit or, How Toys Become Real It became an instant classic and has been adapted many times as theater, radio, television, and animated films In her final years, she interspersed writing novels for young adults with her children s books, and her daughter Pamela illustrated some of the works Margery Willams won a Newbery Honor in 1937 for Winterbound.

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  • Hardcover
  • 33 pages
  • The Velveteen Rabbit
  • Margery Williams Bianco
  • English
  • 01 March 2019
  • 0385077254

10 thoughts on “The Velveteen Rabbit

  1. says:

    Beautiful and deeply touching At Meredith s wedding last year, her brother and sister read a passage from this book, including the below an inspired choice 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 Does it hurt asked the Rabbit Sometimes, said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful When you are Real you don t mind being hurt Beautiful and deeply touching At Meredith s wedding last year, her brother and sister read a passage from this book, including the below an inspired choice 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 Does it hurt asked the Rabbit Sometimes, said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful When you are Real you don t mind being hurt Does it happen all at once, like being wound up, he asked, or bit by bit It doesn t happen all at once, said the Skin Horse You become It takes a long time That s why it doesn t happen often 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 But these things don t matter at all, because once you are Real you can t be ugly, except to people who don t understand

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    A terrific book, even as an adult, but it gave me quite a scare as a little kid See, I actually managed to get scarlet fever in the first grade, and because of The Velveteen Rabbit, I was terrified that someone was going to come in and force me to burn all of my toys like the kid in the book had to when he was sick Thankfully, though, medicine advanced beyond toy burning in between the publishing of this book and 1982, so my G.I Joes were safe.

  3. says:

    What a delightful book

  4. says:

    4.5 stars When I found out that the classic children s story The Velveteen Rabbit was old enough to be free online at Gutenberg.org complete with the original illustrations AND that it has a Christmas connection the story begins with the rabbit tucked into the boy s Christmas stocking I couldn t resist It s a heartfelt story about unselfish love and how that makes usreal Perhaps a little sentimental okay, it s definitely sentimental but it touched me.Here s a link 4.5 stars When I found out that the classic children s story The Velveteen Rabbit was old enough to be free online at Gutenberg.org complete with the original illustrations AND that it has a Christmas connection the story begins with the rabbit tucked into the boy s Christmas stocking I couldn t resist It s a heartfelt story about unselfish love and how that makes usreal Perhaps a little sentimental okay, it s definitely sentimental but it touched me.Here s a link It only takes about 20 minutes or so to read December buddy read with the Retro Reads group

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    I m sure I wrote a review about this book on this site at one time or another.The review may be lost my memories of this book never are I own it.Its a children s favorite Thanks Duane for re visiting of memories from when you recently read it

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    How Toys Become Real The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams Bianco, Donna Green Illustrator The Velveteen Rabbit is a British children s book written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson The book was first published in 1922 It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit s desire to become real through the love of his owner A stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen is given as a Christmas present to a small boy The boy plays with his other new presents and forgets the velveteen How Toys Become Real The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams Bianco, Donna Green Illustrator The Velveteen Rabbit is a British children s book written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson The book was first published in 1922 It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit s desire to become real through the love of his owner A stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen is given as a Christmas present to a small boy The boy plays with his other new presents and forgets the velveteen rabbit for a time These presents are modern and mechanical, and they snub the old fashioned velveteen rabbit The wisest and oldest toy in the nursery, the Skin Horse, who was owned by the boy s uncle, tells the rabbit about toys magically becoming real due to love from children The rabbit is awed by this idea however, his chances of achieving this wish are slight 2016 1394 48 978600377012620

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    Some children s books should be read by adults This is one of them It examines the transforming power of love.

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    At what age does a child learn what is real How long does the blurring between fantasy and reality persist, for a young child And when harsh reality kicks in with a vengeance, isn t a little bit of magic lost forever The loss of childhood innocence is always poignant Adults sometimes continue to live in our imaginations and dreams through stories, so we may manage to hang on to a little bit of this magic through our adulthood.The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real , is a much loved cla At what age does a child learn what is real How long does the blurring between fantasy and reality persist, for a young child And when harsh reality kicks in with a vengeance, isn t a little bit of magic lost forever The loss of childhood innocence is always poignant Adults sometimes continue to live in our imaginations and dreams through stories, so we may manage to hang on to a little bit of this magic through our adulthood.The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real , is a much loved classic book from 1922 The story speaks to children, especially the shy introverts or dreamers, who love the magic of it all For adults, it may lift us back into the dreamy world of childhood, when anything is possible, and nothing is set in stone It deals both with what is real , and also explores the world of the imagination, and possibilities beyond the literal truth In some ways, it encourages the child to think about the bigger questions of life and the universe And, as with all good fantasy, it poses the question, What if The author Margery Williams Bianco drew from her own experience to write The Velveteen Rabbit She had been born in London, but her father died when she was seven years old, and the family went to America to live just two years later She actually became a professional writer at 19, but she only started writing for children much later, when her own children had grown up.After her early emigration to the United States, Margery lived in a rural Pennsylvania farming community At nineteen she returned to London, to try to sell some of her work Some of it was published, but none was very successful While visiting her publisher, Margery Williams met Francesco Bianco, an Italian living in London, who was employed as the manager of one of the book departments The two were married, and had two children.Margery Williams Bianco had strong memories of her own early childhood, and of her father, a deeply loving and caring parent, who had encouraged both her and her older sister to read and use their imaginations She recalled the way her father described characters from various books to capture her imagination, and tempt her with their amazing worlds within Her strong desire to read soon developed into a need to write for herself, and she now realised these were both instilled in her at an early age by her father.Margery Williams Bianco found that all the memories of the toys which had been such an important part of her life surged to the fore At the age of 41, she wrote her first children s novel The Velveteen Rabbit, realising that children s lives are enriched by toys whose personalities they have created while playing with them.The story tells of a stuffed rabbit, splendidly sewn from velveteen A small boy finds him in his Christmas stocking and is enchanted with his new present, playing with nothing else for about two hours But then the velveteen rabbit is forgotten, and put away to live in the toy cupboard, or abandoned on the nursery floor The velveteen rabbit is quite shy though, and doesn t really mind.But because the rabbit is made of velveteen, some of the other toys snub him They are modern and mechanical, and they think a toy rabbit made of velveteen is very old fashioned Even Timothy, a jointed wooden lion, looks down on him However, there is a wise old toy in the nursery, a Skin Horse, who is kind to him The velveteen rabbit is curious about what it means to be real, and whether theseexpensive toys arereal than him But the Skin Horse insistsReal isn t how you are made When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real The velveteen rabbit is very much in awe of this idea He wants to know if it would hurt, or take very long to happen, but doubts whether it would happen to him for a long timeWhen you are real, you don t mind being hurt,said the wise Skin Horse.One night, when Nana is bustling around tidying the nursery, she cannot find the boy s favourite toy, a china dog, for him to take to bed with him So she gives him the velveteen rabbit to sleep with, instead The velveteen rabbit loves this time when he can snuggle down with the little boy, and grows to feel special The little boy tells him about the tunnels that the real rabbits live in, and makes tunnels for him under the bedclothes.The velveteen rabbit is very happy He has become the little boy s favourite toySpring came, and wherever the boy went, the rabbit went tooHe did not notice that his coat was getting shabby and worn away in places Then the big moment came Nana was sent out to look for the rabbit, who had accidentally been left outside after a picnic, and she was cross at all the fuss being made for a toy But the little boy insisted the velveteen rabbit was not just a toyHe s REAL .When the rabbit heard this he was so proud, and felt so much love himself for the little boy, that he felt his heart would burst.Time passed In the summer, he came across some wild rabbits He was fascinated by them, but realised that they could do muchthan he could They could run, and jump, and hop, and even dance The velveteen rabbit tried to cover up the fact that he had no hind legs, but eventually the wild rabbits realised that he could not hop as they did, and he didn t smell right at all They decided that he was not a real rabbit, and ran away The velveteen rabbit was so very sad After all, he knew he was real The velveteen rabbit becomes older and even shabbier, but he is happy, because the boy still loves him That is, until one day the boy view spoiler becomes ill with scarlet fever, and the doctor says that the boy should be taken to the seaside to recover But what of the velveteen rabbit The doctor says he would be a mass of germs, and instructs Nana to put him outside and left out in the garden for the gardener to burn.Overnight, the velveteen rabbit sadly reflects on his life What is the use of being real, if it all ends like this He cries, a real tear falling from his velvet nose, onto the ground Then there ismagic A beautiful flower appears where the tear fell, and a fairy steps out of the flower, to comfort the velveteen rabbit She explains that she is the Nursery Magic Fairy, who takes care of all the playthings that the boy has loved, and turns them into Real And then she says another marvellous thing.Because the velveteen rabbit has become Real to the boy who truly loves him, she will make him become Real to everyone.The fairy takes the rabbit to the forest, where the wild rabbits live, and gives the velveteen rabbit a kiss Instantly he is changed into a real rabbit, although it takes a long time for him to realise thisHe actually had hind legs He gave one leap, and the joy of using those hind legs was so great, that he went springing about the turf.He was a Real Rabbit at last The next spring, when he is playing in the forest, the boy spots the rabbits, and especially notices one, who looked exactly like the velveteen rabbit who had got lost when he had scarlet fever But he was not to know that this really was his own toy rabbit, whom he had helped to become Real hide spoiler This is a magical, wondrous story What is it that makes something real in our minds For an adult, many things are intangible, yet they are powerfully real So it is for children A velveteen rabbit is an object which can be touched, and seen, and played with It is real in a physical sense But also, it behaves as if it is real The toy rabbit can breathe, he can cry, and he has emotions He can become real in a different sense, when he is loved enough But the story has a third level of reality in the story, view spoiler when the toy becomes a flesh and blood rabbit hide spoilerThe mechanical toys, like the model train, were very stuck up and boasted that they were real But the Rabbit could not claim to be a model of anything, for he didn t know that real rabbits existed This is a particularly nice picture edition of the story, from 2002 It is simply but elegantly told, and beautifully illustrated with naturalistic soft watercolours, by the award winning duo, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher Steve Johnson is the illustrator, and Lou Fancher has adapted Margery Williams Bianco s story for very young children, including much of her original text.There have been many adaptations of this favourite book, both in print, and on film and stage It remains her most popular work Margery Williams Bianco s writing is unique, combining the innocence, playfulness and imaginative ability of children, with her trademark undercurrents of sentimentality and sadness Invariably her books end on an inspirational uplifting note Perhaps it is this which made her so immediately successful.Although for the remaining two decades of her life, she wrote manybooks and short stories for children, all with similar themes, there are undercurrents of sadness The stories are poignant, and a little melancholy, with themes of loss and death present in all her children s books Most of them display her preoccupation with toys coming to life and the ability of inanimate objects and animals to express human emotions and feelings Margery Bianco Williams always maintained that we grow and learn greater humanity through pain and adversity The Velveteen Rabbit also has this at its core Yet it is perfectly balanced.All such stories acquire a sort of magic through the child s own experience, and their subsequent nostalgia There is sadness in The Velveteen Rabbit, but in the end the reader ends feeling optimistic and uplifted

  9. says:

    Shame on you Toy Story , you knocked off The Velveteen Rabbit and didn t even say thank you Of course this was published in 1922, seventy three years before Toy Story, so most of today s children haven t read this, which is a shame because it s a sweet story, soft and gentle like the little rabbit.

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    I just read this to my 4 year old daughter after reading it to my son for years and when I looked over through my watery eyes and saw the little tears racing down her cheeks, it confirmed for me that she would always understand theprecious aspects of life If you love this book or you have children and don t know this book, I HIGHLY recommend the audio version with Meryl Streep as narrator and George Winston on piano It is sublime.

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