Margery Williams's tale of a stuffed rabbit's quest to become Real has been loved for generations. Here, the story has been adapted for a younger audience, so parents can share this classic with their little ones. Simple words and bright, colorful artwork make this board book the perfect introduction to this well-loved rabbit and the power of Real love. Ages 2-5.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 3 Years|
About the Author
Margery Williams was born in London in 1881. The Velveteen Rabbit was the first, and best known, of her thirty children’s books.
Thea Kliros grew up in New York City. She attended Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, and the Yale School of Design. First a painter and then a graphic artist, she has lived in Spain, Switzerland, and New York City. Her work includes the children's book, Three Little Pigs.
Read an Excerpt
"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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A lovely children's story that is truly timeless.
It seemed like a timely re-read, shortly after the birth of John Alexander Lushbough, my new grandson. I had barely remembered it, but I was glad to read it again.The velveteen rabbit asks about what is real. The skin horse replies, "Real isn't how you're made. 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."