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The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams Bianco

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The Velveteen Rabbit, is the tale of a sweet unassuming toy rabbit who questions what it is to live and to love. It was the first children’s title written by Margery Williams, who had previously created only for adults. This story eclipsed all others, to become her most famous work, and an ever adored classic for all ages.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .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 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 yo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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...more

دیشب این قسمت فرندز رو می دیدم، که جزء قسمت های مورد علاقه مه. کنجکاو شدم ببینم این خرگوش مخملی چیه که کتاب مورد علاقۀ چندلر بوده. گشتم و کتاب انگلیسی رو پیدا کردم. امروز هم فارسیش رو پیدا کردم و خوندم.

تا اواسط داستان، خیلی عالی پیش می رفت.
تا جایی که خرگوش مخملی در طول بیماری کنار پسرک می مونه، و...more

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 de...more

What a delightful book!

‘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

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!

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 r...more

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 j...more

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

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 sa...more

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