As children we often personify our most beloved toys. We have endless conversations with them, we tell them our secrets, we cry into them soaking their fabrics with our childhood tears. Our toys are our first creature comforts. After being weened from our mothers, we learn to self-soothe often with our favorite furry stuffed toy or loving dolly. The Velveteen Rabbit is a delight! It reassures children (and our adult child inside), that the universe (nursery fairy) will care for those we have loved, long after circumstance and time have separated us or forced us apart. This is a love story of friendship growth, and letting go. Read it again as an adult; you will find the wisdom....Continua
What happens to toys once they're abandoned by their little owners, or replaced by newer items? This little story provides a particular explanation about their destiny.
The story itself is extremely simple and childish, yet I felt some melancholy at the end of the book: a few toys I really adored as a child are now prisoners inside a box in the garage, or have been passed to other children in the meantime. This is not just a story about a velveteen rabbit becoming "real", but one about the natural yet slightly sad changes we go through when growing up. Toys, in fact, are among the first things we gradually abandon as soon as we become teenagers, probably along with innocence.
"Wasn't I Real before?" asked the little Rabbit.
"You were Real to the Boy," the Fairy said,
"because he loved you. Now you shall be Real to every one."
The story must be delightful, magical to a child. When I read it again as an adult, I am a child again.
The Velveteen Rabbit is a children’s book by Margery Williams which was first published in 1922. It has fascinated many children and adults of all ages since then, among which includes me and my mum.
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