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. 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. What a delightful book 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 Nursery Magic Is Very Strange And Wonderful, And Only Those Playthings That Are Old And Wise And Experienced Like The Skin Horse Understand All About ItLike The Skin Horse, Margery Williams Understood How Toys And People Become Real Through The Wisdom And Experience Of Love This Reissue Of A Favorite Classic, With The Original Story And Illustrations As They First Appeared In , Will Work Its Magic For All Who Read It Some children s books should be read by adults This is one of them It examines the transforming power of love. 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 9786003770126 20 The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams Bianco 1881 1944 was originally published in 1922 when she was 41 years old Tonight is my first time to read this book Shame on me It only took 15 mins to read it and at first I was totally not impressed I thought I already saw the theme of previously cherished toys being discarded either in favor of a newer or hi tech toy or when the child becomes an adult used in Disney Pixar s movie Toy Story. I also thought I already read about the realization of growing old or passing of time used poignantly in E B White s Charlotte s Web However, check the years Toy Story 1 was shown in 1995 and Charlotte s Web was first published in 1952 Hence, unless there were other children s books with the same themes earlier than 1922, The Velveteen Rabbit was the original.The story is very simple yet it strikes a chord in one s heart It is about a stuff rabbit toy given to a boy on Christmas Day Along with other hi tech and shiny gifts, the little rabbit toy is not a big hit so he is kept in the boy s cabinet One of them is an old wooden horse who tells the little rabbit that the latter can become real only when he is loved One night, the boy s nanny cannot find her ward s bed companion toy so she gets the little rabbit They seem to click so from then on, the boy sleeps with the little rabbit and brings him anywhere he goes Being a stuff toy, the little rabbit has wear and tear his color is fading, his hay filled body is becoming out of shape, he is starting to lose his whiskers, etc Despite those, the boy still loves him and this makes the little rabbit very happy However, the boy gets sick with scarlet fever and the doctor orders the boy s parents to burn all his toys If you check Wikipedia, the vaccine for scarlet fever was only discovered in 1924 two years after the first publication of Velveteen Then in 1940, the vaccine was eclipsed by the discovery of penicillin So, the burning of the toys in 1922 was a sensible order from the doctor.I am not saying though that this book is better than J M Barrie s Peter Pan 1902 or Antoine de Saint Exupery s Le Petite Prince 1945 or even A A Milne s Winnie The Pooh 1926 These three novels are far comprehensive, multi layered, imaginative and their characters are memorable However, the simplicity of The Velveteen Rabbit is its most endearing asset The vulnerable and trusting little rabbit is much endearing than the cockiness of Peter, the wisdom of the Little Prince and the cluelessness of Winnie Don t read the part below if you are not my brother To my brother who always likes to check if a novel has an allusion to sex, check this book out The little rabbit is told that being worn out is the consequence of being loved It does not matter if the little rabbit, because the boy loves him, later becomes out of shape, with faded color, loses its luster, with missing whiskers, etc because he is loved by the boy Maybe Williams anticipated readers like my brother so she made both characters, the boy and the rabbit, as male ha ha What is REAL asked the Rabbit one day Real isn t how you are made, said the Skin Horse.It s a thing that happens to you But these things don t matter at all, because once you are Real you can t be ugly This review was written months ago A mix of Christmas, children, family, presents and literature brought it to the surface.Dec 19, 18After watching another Friends marathon I noticed that The Velveteen Rabbit was mentioned twice First, in a 1997 episode, The One with the Dirty Girl and four years later in The One with the Halloween Party since it was Chandler s favorite childhood book That s not how a geek sounds I wrote on some review that I wasn t particularly fond of rabbits When I read the The Book of Bunny Suicides, I think that was fun I had a couple of them as a kid and kept them at a safe distance Brownish rabbits look innocuous I like the concept of white, fluffy, little creatures until they look at me with those disturbing eyes filled with blood Sinister things happen inside those red pupils And it doesn t get much better when one takes a look at the Velveteen Rabbit It s chilling Leaving that aside, a sitcom made me want to read this book and, following C.S Lewis principles, I did I found a charming tale I think I would ve loved as a child I liked the idea of how someone s love makes you real a foreign concept of great depth so easily forgotten There s also a passage that reveals another essential notion to deal with superficial times.Weeks passed, and the little Rabbit grew very old and shabby, but the Boy loved him just as much He loved him so hard that he loved all his whiskers off, and the pink lining to his ears turned grey, and his brown spots faded He even began to lose his shape, and he scarcely looked like a rabbit any , except to the Boy To him he was always beautiful, and that was all that the little Rabbit cared about He didn t mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn t matter.Kids I know are going to receive books and or cats Never a rabbit from me.Feb 03, 18 Also on my blog Photo credit True albino via FlickrIllustration by William Nicholson for The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams Bianco was an English American author, primarily of popular children s books A professional writer since the age of nineteen, she achieved lasting fame at forty one with the 1922 publication of the classic that is her best known work, The Velveteen Rabbit.
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