My son will be learning to read soon, so I’m now trying to buy him books that he’ll want to read on his own over and over. One of the first titles that I chose for my son’s library was The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.
The Velveteen Rabbit was a favorite of mine when I was growing up. It tells the story of a stuffed rabbit that eventually becomes real after being truly loved by a little boy. At first, the little boy never played with the velveteen rabbit, preferring instead toys that wound up, moved, and made noise. But one night, the boy brings the velveteen rabbit to bed, and after that carries the rabbit around with him everywhere — until the rabbit starts looking shabby because its fur had been “loved off.”
After a bout of scarlet fever, all of the boy’s playthings had to be burned, including the velveteen rabbit. But before the gardener could get around to burning it, the Toy Fairy comes and turns the velveteen rabbit into a real bunny.
I bought a paperback edition that contains the original story and drawings (by William Nicholson). This volume is 40 pages long, and is a quick read for adults wanting to read a bedtime story to their children, but would take significantly longer for a child to read on his or her own.
This book is available for $10.94 from Amazon.com, and is well worth the price!