Velveteen Rabbit (Board Book)

Velveteen Rabbit (Board Book)

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by Margery Williams, Thea Kliros, Raina Moore

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Find out what happens when you give a toy enough love.

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Find out what happens when you give a toy enough love.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The beloved tale of the stuffed bunny who becomes real is complemented by delicate pastel drawings. Ages 3-7. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly
Lou Fancher sensitively adapts Margery Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit, illus. by Steve Johnson and Fancher, while maintaining the magic of the original. The inviting oil paintings ingeniously portray the boy's toy rabbit with button eyes, shaped like those of the real rabbits living in the nearby woods; as the stuffed rabbit is transformed by love, the artists seem to inject animation into its eyes, depicting its metamorphosis into a living, breathing being.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Although this poignant story of the power of love is now 75 years old, the award-winning artist Loretta Krupinski has given it a fresh look. The little stuffed rabbit wants to know what it is like to be real. It is only after he is loved for years by the little boy who received him as Christmas gift, and is eventually discarded, that he has a chance to become a real rabbit. It is a fantasy that will remain in the hearts of both young listeners and adult readers.
Children's Literature
Although this poignant story of the power of love is more than 75 years old, the message can still be appreciated by contemporary kids. The rabbit is made fun of by the other toys that the boy owns, but eventually he becomes the boy's favorite. The little stuffed rabbit wants to know what it is like to be real. It is only after he is loved for years by the little boy who received him as gift, and is eventually discarded due to a contagious illness, that he has a chance to become a real rabbit. Most of the story is faithfully retained in this board book adaptation, and it is a fantasy that will remain in the hearts of both young listeners and adult readers. 2003, HarperFestival/HarperCollins, Ages 1 to 5.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A pleasant, small volume that joins the growing list of publishers' reworkings of this classic story. Krupinski uses pretty tones of the primary colors in full-page paintings facing pages of text, each headed by a decorative capital forming an elegant link to the pictured story elements. She takes small liberties in both story and pictures in adapting Margery Williams's well-known tale. Here the rabbit's "spotted brown and white" velveteen coat is a soft beige patterned with pale flowers and brighter turquoise spots. Though his color deepens a bit with age, he often looks more calico than velveteen, and his coat is particularly jarring as he encounters the rabbits in the natural world. The abridgment of the text removes some of the early bulky description of the playroom dynamics among the toys. For the most part the story moves well and retains the original language. One crucial omission, however, weakens the set-up of the basic premise. No longer do readers hear of the modern-minded mechanical toys who "pretended they were real." When the Velveteen Rabbit asks the Skin Horse, "What is real?" the idea seems oddly unrelated to anything. Occasionally overly sweet (the fairy is greeting-card precious), the book is appealing in its modest square layout. Libraries wanting varied interpretations of classic titles will be interested.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Kirkus Reviews
In his note to the reader, Fancher (The Range Eternal, p. 1222, etc.) writes, "I’ve shortened the text to allow more room for the artwork," as an explanation for this abbreviated version of the beloved classic. Shortened indeed: Williams’s poetic passage introducing the Skin Horse has been reduced to: "The Skin Horse was old and wise, and he knew all about being Real." The rest is pared down to match, leaving a tale that does still—faintly—echo the original’s lyricism, but is less likely to lose the attention of, as Fancher puts it, "a wiggly two-year-old" being forced to listen to it. The art is, as promised, all full-paged and space-filling: quiet compositions in which the Velveteen Rabbit, the Boy, and other figures are large, soft-surfaced forms, viewed close-up, and from a child’s-eye level to enhance the feeling of intimacy. The tale’s more philosophical aspects will still elude most of the nursery school set, but sharing this summary may make some listeners more receptive to the Real story, when they’re old enough to appreciate it. On the other hand, perhaps they’ll think they’ve read it already. Why not just wait? (Picture book. 3-5)

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5.76(w) x 6.02(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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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."

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The Velveteen Rabbit (Enhanced Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
Rayginc More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my standard baby shower gift along with a B&N gift care. The story is timeless and the illustrations are lovely.
KYmomma More than 1 year ago
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.
D_M_White More than 1 year ago
A classic story for young and old whose message we never outgrow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lovely app, nicely colored and implemented)
Briona Nichols More than 1 year ago
Read it at the library
farmmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yeah, that was a nice surprise to have this book here!
nico619 More than 1 year ago
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.
mom-of-2nj More than 1 year ago
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.
janrich More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
adore the rabbit, the graphics is just the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
techgeekintraining More than 1 year ago
one of my favorite books growing up. bought it as a present. awesome price
PetersenwithanE More than 1 year ago
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 :)
kitty13JF More than 1 year ago
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!
slaydon More than 1 year ago
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
LouII More than 1 year ago
My philosophy (metaphysics) teacher in college used The Velveteen Rabbit to teach metaphysics in college. I have loved the book ever since. I give it to parents of adopted children (as one of mine was) to teach the power of love.
TTMaree More than 1 year ago
I truly believe every child should have this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Until this book was given to my son I'd never heard of it. After reading it to him I now like it as much as he does and we read it often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish you could give it no stars. This one is terrible. It is mising a lot ofcpages and has duplicates of others instead. :-(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish this was a read and play but other than that, the book sounds pretty good so far after reading the sample :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as I remembered it as a little girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great children's story...I'm actually using a passage from it for my wedding reading so that's why I bought the book(again) after all these years. Would recommend it for anyone!