By Margery Williams
“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.”
– Margery Williams
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Children’s Literature, Fantasy
Friendship, Aging, Transformation, Love, Becoming Real, and Immortality,
6 -12 years
The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of a young boy and one of his favourite childhood toys- a stuffed rabbit. The rabbit is given to the Boy as a Christmas gift, and soon becomes his closest companion. In the daytime, they play together in the garden, and every evening, the Boy holds the rabbit for comfort while he sleeps.
Over time, the constant use of the rabbit begins to make it look shabby and old. However, the rabbit is content to be loved so deeply, and can think of no greater purpose for himself than to live life alongside the Boy. But when the Boy becomes unexpectedly ill, we find that both he and the Velveteen Rabbit are in for big life changes ahead.
This story is about coming of age, and the balance between pain and joy as we grow out of childhood. Throughout our lives, we establish many sentimental attachments to things and people. Years go on, and our lives and circumstances can and do change.
This book is a beautiful reminder that we can look back with love and gratitude on special moments from the past, while also looking ahead to the excitement and mystery of the eternal future that God has already planned for us.
The Boy becomes quite unwell with Scarlet Fever, besides this, there are no content warnings for this wholesome and tender story.
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