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The Velveteen Rabbit Hardcover – Illustrated, January 1, 1991
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- Publisher : Doubleday; Reissue edition (January 1, 1991)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 33 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385077254
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385077255
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD820L
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.56 x 0.36 x 9.69 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do recall taking it to her as a young child and showing her that an eye fell off or a seam came undone and she carefully repared it.
I put it away in a trunk when I was in high school and forgot all about it until one day after my wife and I were married my mom suggested that I take the old trunk with stuff in it to our home.
I did and inside the trunk when I opened it was my old teddy-bear & rabbit. I recall reading the Velveteen Rabbit for the first time when I read it to my kids and along with the reading showing them the rabbit, some time during my kids younger years the rabbit gained a necklace depicting Buzz-Lightyear. I still have these toys, and I imagine they are quite real and have been for the past seventy years or so.
When I heard from your grandfather of your arrival here on Earth I went directly to my bookcase to fetch my personal copy of this little story. Grandfather was in quite the hurry to get to the airport so he could fly to meet you. No time to get your name or other particulars.
I reckon, "The Velveteen Rabbit", to be a welcome addition in any baby's library. I hope you like it. Seeing as you'll be quite busy, presently, growing hair and teeth and the like, and also not reading as yet, you should want to have someone read to you. May I offer my humble advice. Never too early to start. Once you're properly changed and fed, you should want to sit comfortably in someone's lap and be read to. It is the right duty and proper responsibility of those who read, to read to the young. This, as yet, has not been enshrined in any constitition of any sovereign nation I know of, but civilisation, Baby-person, is still in its infancy.
Do not be a slave to perfection. No matter if the speaker is less than the best orator, or speaks with an accent, what matters is heart. The reader must really want to be there. A person with the clearest facility of diction and most melodious of speaking voices, who is thinking of the ball game or shopping, or lunch, whilst reading aloud to you, had better just be silenced. Close the book and tell the creature to bugger off and seek their heart's desire elsewhere. Find someone who really wants to be with you, and a good time shall be had by all.
There are so many wonderful stories in the wide world, not the least of which, the story you shall write for yourself. The one which is your life to come.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours, Baby-person.
your humble servant
The conversation between the Skin Horse and the Velveteen Rabbit was a reading at our wedding. If you haven’t read it as an adult, it’s actually very moving and encapsulates the message of the book - that becoming real isn’t pretty but is worth it. I was so excited to buy this and read it to my son but was so disappointed that much of the story, including the below, is missing! Total rip off.
“ It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often 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."
I am a therapist and have used this book with adult clients of ever kind and have even used it with people coming straight out of prison for court-ordered therapy. I particularly use the part about what it means to be real. And it had an impact. Great for kids but, like Winnie the Pooh, there are lessons for all of us in this classic book.
Recently my niece and her husband had their first baby, after years of miscarriages and other failed efforts. Her sister threw a baby shower for her and asked guests to bring a book instead of a card for the new baby, so I was able to find another "new" copy of the book illustrated by Donna Green and included it with my baby shower gift. My niece loved it. Highly recommend this book for the story and for the beautiful illustrations! It's a keeper!!
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I don't think I can add much to what has already been said, a brilliant book that sits beside Stone Soup on my bookshelf, and is very real indeed.