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The Velveteen Rabbit (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – October 20, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The book tells the story of a toy, sawdust-filled rabbit who wishes with all his heart to become real. The message contained in this book is poignant, heart-warming and touching, and one that you will never foreget as long as you live. It is a story of beauty, wonder and love. Any child who misses out on "The Velveteen Rabbit" is missing out on one of life's greatest lessons. I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful, wonderful book and highly recommend it to children...and the grown-up child in all of us.
I did not get books as a child -- we were far too poor. After barely surviving poverty and all that it sires, I found myself on my own at university in my mid-twenties amidst the confusion and tragedy that was the "60's". Getting out of the poverty trap had only introduced me to greater questions of being, choice, and action.
For my twenty-fifth birthday a particularly beautiful soul gave me a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit.
Nothing could have been a more fitting and benefiting gift. The conversation between the little rabbit and the wise old Skin Horse quite literally reduced me to tears -- the simple truth, life-long truth struck deep and stuck deep within me -- no sharp edges, no excessive needs.... In truth, even now as I await the tear-fairy for my own final transformation, I read it with the same pain in the throat and often give way to the tears as I read to the children in my life.
I cannot honestly say how many copies of this treasure I have owned and given away only to replace one with another to give away in time, as well. And I continue.
This edition, the first, has such beautiful illustrations so carefully placed as to shame all the late-comers with their "updates" which the gentle Miss Margery Williams would have no doubt kindly "set aside" in favour of the originals done for her with a quiet passion and dignity of the story itself.
The Velveteen Rabbit is heartwrenchingly beautiful. The Rabbit who yearns to be Real and whose love for the boy was unconditional is both imaginative and sad. I cannot read this book without a lump coming to my throat and being transported to simpler days when the love of a toy was the greatest thing in the whole world.
This is a book with an ending that is mixed, that touches on the ambiguity of life and loss. But there is also hope of a new beginning. And I think children can understand that and grow from it.
I cherish this book deeply.
This was her book that Mama (me!) had to read to her again and again and again. As soon as the last word was read on the last page, it was "Mama, please read it again!"
(how I miss those days, by the way!)
The book also has a powerful message about Love that children understand and cherish.
This is a wonderful book. No child should be without their own copy of "The Velveteen Rabbit."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
classic read and pleased with it, brought back childhood memoriesPublished 23 hours ago by C Shepard-Knight
This is the perfect cult classic. I grew up with this story. I saw the cartoon movie when I was six years old. I bought the collector addition in my early twenties. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I am extremely happy with the book I purchased. It was the best price I found and was exactly what I was expecting.Published 5 days ago by Ismael Cruz
This was a gift to my daughter when her first child was born. She loved it and along with other books has already started reading to the baby even though it will be some time... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Never read this story before, it's longer than I thought. But it's cute and my son likes it. Great bedtime story!Published 6 days ago by Gina
I love this edition for originality- not the one to get for illustrations.Published 11 days ago by Linda L Gollan