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The Velveteen Rabbit

Written by Margery WilliamsAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Margery Williams
Illustrated by William NicholsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by William Nicholson

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Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.

Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys--and people--become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.

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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."
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William Nicholson is best known as a writer of plays and screenplays, including Shadowlands and Gladiator. His first adult novel, The Society of Others, was published in January 2005, and his second, The Trial of True Love, will be published in May 2006. He is also the best-selling and award-winning children's author of The Wind on Fire trilogy.
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"Well done. A good read-aloud for small groups of children."--School Library Journal.

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