The Velveteen Rabbit

velveteen rabbitMargery Williams wrote this classic in 1922 about a young boy and his soft stuffed rabbit. The oldest and wisest toy in the nursery, the Skin Horse, assures the rabbit that toys are made real by children’s love. The rabbit becomes the boy’s most beloved companion. When the boy falls ill, the rabbit stays by his side. As the boy recovers, the doctor advises the boy’s mother to burn all of his belongings, even the shabby rabbit because they may have become infected. In the magical ending, the beautiful nursery fairy transforms the rabbit into a “real to everyone” rabbit.  Sakai’s text is simpler than the original, allowing the richly textured, gorgeous and luminous acrylic and oil pencil paintings to tell the gentle story. mjw
Title: The Velveteen Rabbit
Author: Komako Sakai, based on the story by Margery Williams (1881-1944)
: Komako Sakai
: Enchanted Lion Books, New York
: 2012
Original Language
: Japanese
: Yuki Kaneko
Original Title
: Biroudo no Usagi
Original Publisher
: Bronze Publishing Inc,, Tokyo
Original Copyright
: 2007.  1922, Margery Williams for the original text, published as The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real
: 978-1-59270-128-5
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese.  Margery Williams – English
Author’s residence
: Japan
Translator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Translator’s residence
: Brooklyn, U.S.
: Friendship, Imagination, Rabbits, Toys

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