Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Velveteen Rabbit Reviewed

Every Child's Library Should Have This Book


Could This Be The Velveteen Rabbit?
I do not remember how old I was when I first heard the story of The Velveteen Rabbit but I do know that after having it read to me; it became my favorite story of all time. I do not know for sure which I relate to more the child in the story or the toy rabbit. Truth be told, probably a little of both. 

I will fast forward in time to the day that I found out that I was expecting my first child. Do you know what I did just after hearing the news? I went straight to the local book store and purchased a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit. Once purchased I went straight to the car, took the book out of the bag and proceeded to read the story to my growing baby. I had no idea whether I was reading to a boy or a girl at that moment but what I did know was that I was going to love that child with as much love as the boy did his toy rabbit. 

As time passed, I read that book to both of my children over and over again. We will fast forward again to the day that I found out that I was to be a Grandmother. The very first thing I bought for that baby and all of the grandchildren since is the book, The Velveteen Rabbit

 

What is it about The Velveteen Rabbit story with me?

I guess in a nutshell it is that powerful message of love. I am not sure why as a child it resonated so strongly with me but it did. It still does. The magic of love is about the most powerful thing we experience as humans. The giving of love and the receiving of love. I believe it is what makes us "real". 

Imagine being a new toy in the room and wondering what all of this is about. Imagine hoping that the child will pick you up and play with you. Imagine that at night when the child is sleeping all of the toys come alive. Some of them are rude to you and some even make fun of you. Imagine there is one toy that seems wiser than the others. It shows you kindness and shares wisdom with you. It is the Skin Horse. The tattered old horse tells you that the goal of all toys is to become "real" from the love of a human. This confuses you so the Skin Horse explains....

"Real isn't how you are made. It is 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." 
I encourage you to share this book with a child in your life. Perhaps you will remember it from your own childhood. It has been a classic since 1922 when it was first written by Margery Williams. The story transcends time with the message of love. As the Skin Horse says, "It does not matter what we look like or where we are from; what matters is to be loved." Well, that is paraphrasing a bit but it really is the message. We become our real selves when we receive love and I believe give love to each other and the world we live in. Isn't that an important message that every child should learn at a very early age? Perhaps, I identify more with that old tattered horse who knows what it feels like to become "real"from the love of a child.... 



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6 comments:

  1. The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic and one of my favorites from childhood to this day. The message of love is endearing and I took the same feelings and messages away from my very first reading/hearing the story of the Velveteen Rabbit that you did, Bev. I, too, have shared and read it to my children and grandchildren. It's a story for the ages!

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  2. What a beautiful, heartfelt review. Thank you, Bev. I need to get this book for our first grandchild, Jack.

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  3. As with many things in life, our perspective is different when we are older. I suspect, as a child you felt like the rabbit, but as a grandmother you feel like the much loved horse. (wanted to express that before I forgot to respond to your closing remark.)

    The Velveteen Rabbit is a favorite in our home too! It does indeed have a beautiful message tucked within it pages.

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  4. Oh Bev, what a beautiful review of a beautiful story. Thank you.

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  5. I love to give books as gifts to my grandchildren too. The Velveteen Rabbit has been among the many I have shared. Thanks Bev, I had almost forgotten about the beauty of this book.

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  6. I've always loved this book and its message of love. It's sad I was already an adult when I discovered it.

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