The Velveteen Rabbit (Or How Toys Become Real) (Illustrated) [NOOK Book]

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The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) is a children's novel written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner. The book was first published in 1922.

The Velveteen Rabbit was Williams' first children's book. It has been awarded the IRA/CBC Children's...
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The Velveteen Rabbit (Or How Toys Become Real) (Illustrated)

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Overview

The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) is a children's novel written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner. The book was first published in 1922.

The Velveteen Rabbit was Williams' first children's book. It has been awarded the IRA/CBC Children's Choice award. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."

A boy receives a Velveteen Rabbit for Christmas. The Velveteen Rabbit is snubbed by other more expensive or mechanical toys, the latter of which fancy themselves real. One day while talking with the Skin Horse, the Rabbit learns that a toy becomes real if its owner really and truly loves it. The Skin Horse makes the Velveteen Rabbit aware that "...once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."

When the boy's china dog is misplaced, the Velveteen Rabbit is given to the boy as a quick replacement by the Nana. The Velveteen Rabbit soon takes his place as the boy's constant companion. The Rabbit becomes shabbier, but the boy loves him no matter what. In the woods near the boy's home, the Velveteen Rabbit meets actual rabbits, and learns about the differences between himself and the real rabbits when the real rabbits prove he is not real by his inability to hop and jump.

The Velveteen Rabbit's companionship with the boy lasts until the boy falls ill with scarlet fever. The boy becomes too ill to play for a very long time; upon his recovery, he is sent to the seaside on doctor's orders. The doctor orders all the toys the boy has played with, including the Rabbit, be burned in order to disinfect the nursery. The boy is given a new plush rabbit and is so excited about the trip to the seaside that he forgets his old Velveteen Rabbit. While awaiting the bonfire, in which the Velveteen Rabbit will be burned, the Rabbit cries a real tear. This tear brings forth the Nursery Magic Fairy. She tells the Rabbit that he was only real to the boy, and then brings him to the woods and kisses him, making him real to everybody. He soon discovers that he is a real rabbit at last and runs to join the other rabbits in the wild.

The following spring, the boy sees the Rabbit hopping in the wild and thinks he looks like his old Velveteen Rabbit, but he never knows that it actually was.

Margery Williams Bianco (22 July 1881 - 4 September 1944) 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.

The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real was Margery Williams Bianco's first American work, and it remains her most famous. It became an instant classic and has remained so through numerous adaptations in children's theater as well as on radio, television and in the movies.

After becoming a renowned author, Bianco wrote numerous other children's books, with her son becoming the namesake of one of them, 1925's Poor Cecco: The Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Wooden Dog Who Was the Jolliest Toy in the House Until He Went Out to Explore the World—a distinguished book that belies its somewhat priggish subtitle and is arguably better entitled than The Velveteen Rabbit to status as a classic. This lively adventure story, virtually a novel for children, is a brilliant exception to the sentimentality of Bianco's more famous book. Each of the many characters who populate the nursery toy cupboard is a distinct and amusing personality. Their interactions with each other and with the human, animal, and toy members of the world beyond it, whom they encounter on their quest for adventure/search for a lost friend, are delineated with understated humor.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015489866
  • Publisher: Balefire Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 50
  • Sales rank: 659,832
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Margery Williams Bianco (22 July 1881 - 4 September 1944) 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.

The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real was Margery Williams Bianco's first American work, and it remains her most famous. It became an instant classic and has remained so through numerous adaptations in children's theater as well as on radio, television and in the movies.

After becoming a renowned author, Bianco wrote numerous other children's books, with her son becoming the namesake of one of them, 1925's Poor Cecco: The Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Wooden Dog Who Was the Jolliest Toy in the House Until He Went Out to Explore the World—a distinguished book that belies its somewhat priggish subtitle and is arguably better entitled than The Velveteen Rabbit to status as a classic. This lively adventure story, virtually a novel for children, is a brilliant exception to the sentimentality of Bianco's more famous book. Each of the many characters who populate the nursery toy cupboard is a distinct and amusing personality. Their interactions with each other and with the human, animal, and toy members of the world beyond it, whom they encounter on their quest for adventure/search for a lost friend, are delineated with understated humor.
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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    One of the best books I read as a child.

    This was my favorite book when I was a child. To this day, it still gets me choked up. Very touching story of the love a child has for his toy and what that love has done for the rabbit. Beautiful illustrations to keep a child interested in the pages and the story. Sniff, Sniff.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    This is my standard baby shower gift along with a B&N gift care. The story is timeless and the illustrations are lovely.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    A Classic

    A classic story for young and old whose message we never outgrow.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A nice edition at a great price.

    I recently purchased this book for my 4 and 5 year olds. I thought that it was beautifully illustrated. Of course the story is a classic, and at this great price it is a perfect addition to your children's library.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    I luv it

    Read it at the library

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Nice book

    I really like this book. It has nice pictures. The story is interesting. Although I bought it along with a stuffed rabbit, I'm holding on to it until my kids are bigger. They are two and a half. I think the rating for 4 and over is appropriate. There are two many words for younger readers and perhaps the story itself is better suited to an older child. I would not want my kids to think I'm going to take away their toys if they get sick. I think you could explain it better to a child over 4. I am looking forward to giving this to my kids when they are older. By then, they will have more imagination and be happy for the rabbit who becomes real.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    It's always good to be reminded that love has not preset shape!

    The intrinsic value of attachment on an emotional level-hence real love- is a great reminder for anyone of any age. Total value in this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    so sweetty

    lovely app, nicely colored and implemented)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    sweet rabbit

    yeah, that was a nice surprise to have this book here!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    This is a classic book and a must for all children. I bought it for my granddaughter but had to wait until she was able to read the book. She enjoyed it and it is a book you read and always remember.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    Great rendition and illustration of The Velveteen Rabbit. Quite pleasant to read to children. They understand it and really correlate it with the illustrations in the book.

    The price was right. It's a great read. If you can find it buy it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Great classic children's book

    This is the same artwork that I remember reading when I was a kid, so I really wanted to get this version for my baby on the way. Great classic book. It gets me all teary-eyed :)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Velveteen Rabbit is love for all ages and hearts.

    This story is one that I have read for years to my students at school during my career,to my children at home during their youth, and now to my grandchildren at their homes during Easter. It is timeless and beyond a 'classic'. I sent this to my youngest grandchild for her Easter present this year. She will start school next fall and just loved the story and the stuffed Velveteen bunny that accompanied it. Thank you for making this available for purchase online, swift mailing, and arrival in good condition. I will definitely utilize your services again.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Great illustrations

    Got this book for my little neice. This is a great story and the illustrations in this book are wonderful! I think this book is a good one for every age.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    rabbit

    adore the rabbit, the graphics is just the best.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    got it as a present

    one of my favorite books growing up. bought it as a present. awesome price

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Bad

    I wish you could give it no stars. This one is terrible. It is mising a lot ofcpages and has duplicates of others instead. :-(

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Bad

    I disike the book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    This is a awesome version! VINTAGE LIKE!

    I just recieved this today and was amazed at the Vintage aapeal of the book! The illistrations arent too done up and very good, easy on the eye. There almost like a pen and ink 1800s look! The paper looks like parchment paper if it isnt i dont know? But the book blew my mind! I ordered it because of the front cover being so antiqued looking and i was right it is an antique! Though it is new! I would expect to find this in an attic of a luxurious house! And the story is the classic velveteen rabbit! Deffinately a GREAT BUY!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    classic

    this book should be on the shelf of every child. We all remember the story of a stuffed toy that is loved so much it becomes real. This magical story is def one i would recommend

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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