The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Illustrated by Robyn Officer
Publisher: This edition published by Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Published: 1991 (original 1922)
Suitable for ages 3 to 7
Themes/Topics: love, friendship, bullying, insecurity, compassion,
beauty from the inside, self-sacrifice
Opening: There one was a Velveteen Rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and his ears were lined with pink sateen.
Brief Synopsis: Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy will choose him as a playmate. In time, the shy Rabbit befriends the tattered Skin Horse, the wisest resident of the nursery, who reveals the goal of all nursery toys: to be made "real" through the love of a human. "'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.'" (from Teaching Children Philosophy
Why I like This Book: I love how the character of the Velveteen Rabbit is developed in the story, and what understandings he comes to once he is real. The settings help to build this character's development.
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