The Velveteen Rabbit (a Review)

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The Velveteen Rabbit is such a touching and magical story of a boy’s love for his very special toy. It is about a stuffed rabbit toy given to a boy on Christmas Day. Along with other fancier and shinier gifts, the little rabbit toy is not a big hit, so he is kept in the boy’s cabinet.

One of the other toys in the cabinet is an old wooden horse who tells the little rabbit that he can become real only when he is loved. This is an enchanting story, and can be loved for many, many generations. I remember growing up and reading the story, and listening to the book on tape–I was slightly obsessed. This classical tale really should be shared with every child. It’s so magical and very uplifting!

My Favorite Things

Text: The way the story is written is just so beautiful. The author, Margery Williams, does a fantastic job at conveying how toys and people experience real love.

Illustrations: In my edition, the illustrations are a mixture of beautifully colored pictures along with black and white pencil drawings. The colored images are very soft and childlike.

Quote: “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.”

Vocabulary Words

  • Splendid
  • Velveteen
  • Expression
  • Seaside
  • Bedclothes
  • Rubbish
  • Threadbare
  • Bracken
  • Hind
  • Real

Find It In Your Library!

  • Book: The Velveteen Rabbit
  • Author: Margery Williams
  • Illustrator: Graham Percy
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • ISBN: 0706430298
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
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  1. I remember really disliking this story as a kid. Something in it made me cry and cry and cry. I’ll have to give it a second chance as an adult. 🙂

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