Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Realby Margery Williams, Loretta Krupinski
Any child who cherishes one toy above all others will adore Margery William's heartwarming tale of a stuffed rabbit magically transformed by the power of love.
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotAlthough 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.
School Library JournalPreS-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
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.25(w) x 0.25(h) x 8.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
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