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The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real
     

The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real

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by Margery Williams, William Nicholson (Illustrator)
 

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Or How Toys Become Real

by Margery Williams

Illustrations by William Nicholson

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

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Voted Top 100 in Books for Children

The Velveteen Rabbit

Or How Toys Become Real

by Margery Williams

Illustrations by William Nicholson

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 and has been republished many times since.

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."

Editorial Reviews

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.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The story has been abridged, too much so, to fit this die cut board version. It isn't the same story and lacks the strong emotional pull of the original. Undoubtedly, it will raise a few questions and some concerns such as why did the boy's toys have to be thrown away? However, it is still one that kids who have a beloved stuffed animal can relate to. The soft pastel illustrations suit the short text.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 Were it not for its jumpy design, this version would rank near the top of the half-dozen versions of The Velveteen Rabbit now available. The discomforting design may be accounted for by its translation from an electronic to a print medium (this version is based on a TV special narrated by Meryl Streep). Some illustrations are full page, others vignettes that bleed into the text; still other vignettes have hard edges; there are several isolated figures stuck on the white page; and here and there ovals, rather than rectangles, frame the images. No visual logic accounts for these design variations. Although there are several compelling illustrations, there are too many other scenes that just exist as if cut from larger cloth. The drawings themselves are well-crafted in a fuzzy range of colors that accentuates the warmer hues. Even the night is subfused with golden yellows. The effect is psychologically comforting, supporting the sentimental message of hope with its suggestion of death, resurrection and eternal life. Figures are rendered solidly and with anatomical conviction. Occasionally a pencil outline intrudes and breaks the dreamy magic's spell. Yet there can be no denying the magnetism of the individual characters. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781493523276
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/19/2013
Pages:
26
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.05(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Charles Santore is a renowned children’s book illustrator whose work has been widely exhibited in museums and celebrated with recognitions such as the prestigious Hamilton King Award, the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence, and the Original Art 2000 Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Santore is best known for his luminous interpretations of classic children’s stories such as The Little Mermaid, Snow White, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Paul Revere’s Ride, which was named 2004 Children’s Book of the Year for Poetry by the Bank Street College Children’s Book Committee. His paintings for The Wizard of Oz, featured in the edition that is widely considered to be the quintessential illustrated version, were used as the scenic backdrops for a major television performance of the work. Charles Santore lives and works in Philadelphia.

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The Velveteen Rabbit (Enhanced Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 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.
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.
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.
D_M_White More than 1 year ago
A classic story for young and old whose message we never outgrow.
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
lovely app, nicely colored and implemented)
Briona Nichols More than 1 year ago
Read it at the library
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yeah, that was a nice surprise to have this book here!
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 :)
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.
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.
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
adore the rabbit, the graphics is just the best.
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
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
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!
cider12 More than 1 year ago
This is simply one of the best stories ever, for young and old alike. There are so many levels to this story and it is one that I never tire of reading - either to my grandchildren or simply to myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An original and heartwearming story of a stuffed rabbit who longs to be real, this book is perfect for young children and adults alike. The rabbit is a Christmas present that is put away in the nursery, and, after years of being neglected, is picked up to substitute for a missing toy lost by the boy who lives in the house. The boy learns to love the velveteen toy, and they spend every day together. When the boy becomes ill with scarlet fever, the rabbit is right by his side. However; because the rabbit is most likely covered with germs, the doctor orders him to be burned. When all seems lost, the rabbit remembers the special nursery magic that transforms toys into real animals. Suddenly, a beautiful flower fairy appears, kisses the rabbit, and turns the velveteen rabbit into a real wild bunny. Recommended for young children (perfect for a bedtime story) and anyone older who loves touching tales such as this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this one to read to my grandkids, but it still makes me teary eyed to read myself. Definitely a classic every bookshelf should have!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Open Riad Media for issuing the closest replica of the book I had as a child. This book still makes me cry. I have written sermins about it. And now, I can share it with my grandchildren
alc1967 More than 1 year ago
This book, of all children's books, is one of the very best. It is touching and teaches unconditional love. I can remember my own very special stuffed animal, Puppy, and, in fact, I still have him. The love and connection a child has for his very first stuffed toy is something that remains throughout their lives and gives them a sense of comfort and safety. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a child, or knows a child, or who was a child, and that pretty much includes everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yea, maybe StarClan can work together on who they think is up for the job. Oakpride is good, just he flickers on and off on being bad.