"You were Real to the Boy," the Fairy said,
"because he loved you. Now you shall be Real to every one."
My mum read to me this book when I was very small. After that, I have read it over and over again a lot of times. Almost for each time, I cried. I love this book very much therefore I was thinking quite naturally a few days ago, “Why didn’t I write a book review about it?”.
The Velveteen Rabbit is about nursery magic. The book has another name called “How Toys Become Real”, which makes you go more straight forward into the theme of the story.
If you have ever had a favourite toy, you will certainly know about what is meant by “Real” in the story without further explanation. Real means not only a toy, but real—that would be the easiest definition. But for the Rabbit, he’s not quite sure at first. This was the answer that the wise Skin Horse in the nursery gave him, “Real isn’t how you are made. 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.”
When I read this part, usually I start to cry. I remembered that when I was in Primary Two, we were asked to bring our favourite toys to school one day. I had a Minnie Mouse doll (and it’s still here now on my bed!). I thought for a long time if I should take her to school for the lesson. What I was worrying was that because Minnie’s Real, would the teacher count her as a toy? The next day, back at school, I was happy that Minnie was treated as a toy. My partner said to me, “What an ugly doll”, which made me really upset because I knew that my classmate was one of those people who didn’t understand about nursery magic.
This is a forty-page story. It may be short, but it comes with easy but meaningful words. Margery Williams wrote it beautifully. It has already been told for nearly a century, and I am sure it is going to last forever and ever, for nursery magic never goes away from children of all times and all places....Continua