"Well done. A good read-aloud for small groups of children."--School Library Journal.
About the Author
MARGERY WILLIAMS was born in London in 1881 and first came to the United States at the age of nine. For the
rest of her life, she lived alternately in England and America. Her first novel was published when she was twenty-one,
but she turned to writing for children in 1922 with the publication by Doubleday of The Velveteen Rabbit, the first and
best-known of her thirty books for young people. Toward the end of her life, she lived in Greenwich Village, New York.
She died there in 1944.
WILLIAM NICHOLSON was born in Newark-on-Trent, England, in 1872. He illustrated several books during his lifetime,
including the children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit, and was also a renowned portrait painter. Many of his portraits
and still lifes hang today in museums and galleries throughout England. He was knighted in 1936, and died in 1949.
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"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before
Nana came to tidy the room. "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."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often
happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. 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."