Book Review – The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

First published, 1922

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I love any book that makes me think, but I will adore any book that makes me feel something. 

When the little rabbit asks what REAL is, I thought I would collapse. I haven’t cried at a book in months, and then, it was about war crimes.

The Velveteen Rabbit a heartfelt and beautiful story about a velveteen rabbit and the small boy he is given to one Christmas. The rabbit is thrown over for the exciting mechanical toys but receives wise counsel from a Skin Horse who has seen it all before, and knows that, when the boy loves the rabbit, he will become Real. 

I sobbed like a child from very early on in this one. Bit of background, during a chat about what a blubberer I am, Aimée joked that I couldn’t possibly have ever read The Velveteen Rabbit. I didn’t know what it was and in a display of totally redundant defiance (I’m 37), ordered the ebook.

I have no idea how parents, who are traditionally overworked, under-slept and exhausted, manage to read this story to their children without bursting into tears, but I really think they should. It’s magical.