The Velveteen Rabbit

Picture Books | January 6, 1958

byMargery WilliamsIllustratorWilliam Nicholson

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“Once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

Here is one of the most classic and beloved children's stories, with the original illustrations from 1922 - the ideal gift for baby showers, birthdays, weddings, and holidays throughout the year.
 
At first a brand-new toy, now a threadbare and discarded nursery relic, the velveteen rabbit is saved from peril by a magic fairy who whisks him away to the idyllic world of Rabbitland. There, he becomes "Real," a cherished childhood companion who will be loved for eternity. Treasured for generations, this is a timeless tale about the magic of boundless love.

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Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. A hand-made velveteen Rabbit lives in the Boy's nursery, neglected and snubbed by fancier toys, but he has a friend in the Skin Horse, the oldest and shabbiest toy of them all...

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“Once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”Here is one of the most classic and beloved children's stories, with the original illustrations from 1922 - the ideal gift for baby showers, birthdays, weddings, and holidays throughout the year. At first a brand-new toy, now a threadbare and discarded nursery relic...

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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 it. Like 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 sto...

MARGERY WILLIAMS was born in London in 1881 and first came to the United States at the age of nine. For the rest of her life, she lived alternately in England and America. Her first novel was published when she was twenty-one, but she turned to writing for children in 1922 with the publication by Doubleday of The Velveteen Rabbit, the ...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:48 pages, 9.62 × 7.5 × 0.42 inPublished:January 6, 1958Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385077254

ISBN - 13:9780385077255

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room.  "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?""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 often 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.  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."

From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. A hand-made velveteen Rabbit lives in the Boy's nursery, neglected and snubbed by fancier toys, but he has a friend in the Skin Horse, the oldest and shabbiest toy of them all. But the Skin Horse has more reason to be proud than any of the newer toys, because the he is Real, a status only the longest- and best-loved toys can hope to attain: "When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."The Rabbit longs to become Real, but knows there's not much hope -- the Boy has so many other toys. But quite by chance, the Rabbit becomes the Boy's true favourite. He goes with the Boy everywhere, and one wonderful night, when the Boy is scolded by his Nana for fussing so much over an old toy, he declares, "He isn't a toy. He's REAL!"The Rabbit couldn't be happier, but he learns that he is only Real to the Boy: rabbits in the garden examine him and find he is only stuffed, he has no hind legs and can't jump about with them. This is disappointing, but the Rabbit takes comfort in the Boy's love for him. But anxious times are coming: the Boy falls ill with scarlet fever and the nursery must be disinfected, all the books and toys the Boy played with during his illness burnt ... including the Rabbit. The Rabbit is so sad -- what good is it to be Real when he is separated from the Boy? The Rabbit's tears bring about a truly magical experience.The enduring charm of this classic story lies in the ingenuous love and imagination of children -- toys may come and go, but the ones that are truly loved live in their minds and hearts forever. This is the original edition of The Velveteen Rabbit, with Margery Williamss original text and William Nicholson's original artwork: both are spare and simple and heartbreakingly evocative. This book is a treasure that will last at least another 80 years. All ages.

Editorial Reviews

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.