The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit Cover

The Velveteen Rabbit

Or How Toys Become Real

By Margery Williams; William Nicholson (Illustrator)

Avon Books, Paperback, 9780380002559, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 1999


Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"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. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. 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.

About the Author
Margery Williams Bianco, who published under the pen name Margery Williams, was an English-American author of children s books best known for her enduring classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real. Born in London, England, Williams spent most of her youth in the Unites States, returning to London at the age of nineteen hoping become a published author. While some of her novels and children s books were printed, including her 1902 novel for adult audiences, The Late Returning, none of these early works gained much recognition. Williams commercial success came only after her return to the United States with the 1922 publication of The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real, which was an instant success. Williams continued to write for the remainder of her life, eventually penning more than 20 titles before her death in 1944.