The Velveteen Rabbit: Or, How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams & Sarah Massini (Illustrator) #WinterReads


32846188A stuffed toy rabbit (with real thread whiskers) comes to life in Margery Williams’s timeless tale of the transformative power of love. 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 (as he is called) 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.'”

This sentimental classic–perfect for any child who’s ever thought that maybe, just maybe, his or her toys have feelings–has been charming children since its first publication in 1922.

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Review: I have known of the Velveteen Rabbit for years. It’s sort of like The Christmas Carol, a classic that you just know exists and frequently see it in Christmas displays but somehow it it just never made it into my home, until this year Nosy Crow sent me a copy and I realised why this book is such a much-loved classic.

I understand why The Velveteen Rabbit has become a classic. Its message is timeless and the story is quickly read – either alone or with younger children. Sitting on my bed is a stuffed dinosaur that has been with me since I was 6 and he is, by the Skin Horse’s explanation real. I think most people (regardless of age) will have had a toy that they love(d) like that – which is why this story resonates so much.


There are countless publications of The Velveteen Rabbit. The one I have has illustrations by Sarah Massini, which I thought were lovely. It’s a really nice hardback which a velvety dust-cover and water coloured swirled end pages. The whole book looks like a present – and the story inside is just that.

Recommend it?


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