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The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams & Sarah Massini

We all believe that our childhood toys are real and this is the question that The Velveteen Rabbit struggles with, how can he truly become real? Any child (or adult) with a special toy can relate to this magical story and this beautiful, newly illustrated hardback would make a wonderful Christmas gift. This edition has been illustrated by Sarah Massini and it is the first title in a new series of classic stories which are being republished by Nosy Crow.

The Story: The Boy receives The Velveteen Rabbit as a Christmas present. For a long time The Velveteen Rabbit lives in the toy cupboard with The Skin Horse but one day he is brought out when another favourite bedtime toy has gone missing. From this point on The Velveteen Rabbit becomes the Boy’s special friend, he sleeps with him and plays with him, indoors and out. One day wild bunnies laugh at The Velveteen Rabbit because he’s not real like them but The Velveteen Rabbit knows that he is real because the Boy loves him. When the Boy gets scarlet fever, all of his toys must be destroyed so The Velveteen Rabbit is taken to be burnt. But while waiting for the gardener to light the bonfire something magical happens…

The Velveteen Rabbit’s best friend in the nursery is The Skin Horse who explains that in order for him to become real he must be well loved. The Velveteen Rabbit becomes real in his own mind but he is intrigued by the the wild bunnies, he can’t see the seams where they have been made or a clockwork key to wind them up. He discovers more about them later in the story but we don’t want to spoil the ending!

The book is a wonderful celebration of the relationship between a child and his toy and it is The Velveteen Rabbit’s thoughts and experiences that shape the story. The story itself is timeless although my daughter was fascinated by the clockwork toys and couldn’t understand why The Velveteen Rabbit couldn’t just be washed in the washing machine. The story provoked a range of emotions as we read, we were so sad when the toys were taken out to be burnt but we were reassured by The Velveteen Rabbit’s happy ending.

The book has a sturdy hardback cover embossed with gold and my daughter was surprised and delighted to discover a different picture on the cloth binding to the one that you see on the book jacket shown below. The pages are made of thick Munken paper which gives the book a really luxurious feel. Sarah Massini’s illustrations bring the story to life and we love her use of earthy colours on a cream background. There are so many favourite pictures, my daughter was spellbound by The Nursery Magic Fairy and she loves the picture of the Boy and The Velveteen Rabbit playing pirates, my favourite illustration shows the two of them cuddling up in bed with a book.

If you’re looking to share a classic picture book story with your child this is a gorgeous edition of The Velveteen Rabbit. With its sparkly red and green cover it looks very Christmassy too!

Age Range: 5 +

Author: Margery Williams / Illustrator: Sarah Massini

Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending us this beautifully illustrated version of a classic story. It’s always lovely to share a childhood favourite with your own child. We’re looking forward to seeing which traditional classic picture books you will be republishing next.

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24 responses to “The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams & Sarah Massini”

  1. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops avatar

    I love the Velveteen Rabbit it’s such a wonderful story. This version looks sounds fab

    1. Catherine avatar

      Sarah Massini’s illustrations are absolutely beautiful and are perfect for the story 🙂

  2. laurainbookishland avatar

    I have ofte heard of this book but never bothered to look it up! oh my gosh! i really need to get this book! To the christmas list it goes LOL! thanks for sharing #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I hope you enjoy it Laura 🙂

  3. BookBairn avatar

    Such a beautiful story and this retelling is quite magnificent! I love Sarah Massini’s illustrations – they mix the traditional elements in a way that will appeal to little ones. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Sarah has done a great job with the illustrations, they have a vintage look which is perfect for the time that the story was written 🙂

  4. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    I love this story, a real classic! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely story and this new edition is beautiful 🙂

  5. Sarah - let them be small avatar

    Beautiful looking book. It isn’t a story I have ever read but I can see its appeal.

    1. Catherine avatar

      The story is wonderful and just as magical for adults as for children 🙂

  6. tracey at Mummyshire avatar

    Oh my boy believes his Panda is real!
    This looks gorgeous and a real old classic and I can’t quite believe I haven’t read it before. I know that both my children would enjoy this and I’m always on the look out to add books to our birthday & Christmas lists. I think this will make it on!
    Lovely thorough review

    1. Catherine avatar

      This would be a perfect Christmas gift, Sarah has used perfect Christmas colours for the cover 🙂

  7. Sim @ SimsLife avatar

    It is such a wonderful story – a must have book for any child’s book collection! Sim x #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      I totally agree although I first read this story as an adult, it was on our reading list when I did my teacher training.

  8. Let kids be kids avatar

    I’ve never read this book, but I love the classic look to it and sounds like my girls would enjoy it. #Tried&Tested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s lovely, the text is quite long for a picture book (I’d be interested to know how many words!) so it’s a great story to share with older readers too.

  9. Louise Fairweather avatar

    I have never read this book – it always reminds me of Friends! #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      I would definitely recommend a read and this version is so beautifully illustrated 🙂

  10. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) avatar

    This is one of those books that I have heard so much about and yet have never read. It sounds like a story that my girls would both love (and I probably would too!) – adding it to the Christmas list now! 🙂 #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      I didn’t read it as a child, I wish I had as it so encompasses the relationship that a child has with a special toy 🙂

  11. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    This oozes traditional story charm just from the cover! #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      Gorgeous isn’t it and the actual book cover is absolutely stunning!

  12. Nige avatar

    What fab looking Book our girls love their stories great review #triedandtested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a gorgeous looking book and a wonderful story too 🙂