The Velveteen Rabbit

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He was only a stuffed toy bunny, made of velveteen, buttons and sawdust. He lived in the closet with the other toys--until the day he was found and the magic began.

A magic that was stirred by love--the love of a young boy. And it was this kind of love that cold make the Velveteen Rabbit real. But how real?

He was still only a toy, who would grow old and be thrown away. He ...
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Overview

He was only a stuffed toy bunny, made of velveteen, buttons and sawdust. He lived in the closet with the other toys--until the day he was found and the magic began.

A magic that was stirred by love--the love of a young boy. And it was this kind of love that cold make the Velveteen Rabbit real. But how real?

He was still only a toy, who would grow old and be thrown away. He wasn't like the wild rabbits in the woods, who hopped and danced and wiggled their noses. Even with all the love and magic in the world, could the Veleveteen Rabbit ever be really real?

Thrown out when his owner becomes ill, a toy rabbit who has longed to be real receives his dearest wish.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679836179
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/9/1993
  • Series: Chunky Shape Book Series
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 22
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 3.83 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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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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  • 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

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    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 6 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

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    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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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    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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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    A textbook of information about reality

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    A necessary book

    I truly believe every child should have this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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