The Velveteen Rabbit, which is also called How Toys Become Real, is perhaps one of the only children’s books that is still being published that parents will most likely recognize. In fact, it has been a longtime favorite of both children and adults and has been used by teachers in a classroom setting for years.
The book was first published in 1922 and has remained one of the most popular stories ever since. The story revolves around a stuffed rabbit that quickly becomes the favorite toy of the little boy in the book. The stuffed rabbit learns that he will become real if his owner truly loves him, and that becomes his goal.
After the young child is struck with scarlet fever, all of his toys must be removed and burned and the velveteen rabbit is sent to the burn pile. While at the burn pile, he sheds a tear and the magic fairy turns him into a real rabbit that will spend the rest of his life in the wild. One of the most interesting aspects of the story is that it has so many lessons that have remained timeless.
The book teaches friendship and discourages people from judging others. Many teachers and parents alike love the story and are excited to be able to share it with their children and students. Within the last couple decades, several movies and animated films have been made based on the story. However, most avid fans of “The Velveteen Rabbit” just don’t think any of them can compare with the original story. Although the story is commonly read to younger children, many older kids will enjoy reading it and teachers often utilize the book for writing assignments for students as old as middle school. “The Velveteen Rabbit” is a valuable addition to any book shelf.