I forgot how wonderful this book is and I’m so pleased it has been re-released and is doing well and sitting proud in bookshops.
It’s a beautiful story by Margery Williams. The sad thing is the first time I heard about this is in an episode of Friends when Chandler buys Cathy a first edition copy of The Velveteen Rabbit. It seems, it is a childhood favourite for a lot of people. For me, it is an adulthood favourite but reading it somehow gives me a sense of nostalgia no modern picture book could.
This book was first published in 1922 and it says something that it is ever popular today. We might liken this book to the trials of Pinnochio as he tries to become a real boy. The rabbit searches for meaning and life through love…aren’t we all really? It’s a telling tale we might all relate to. The moral? Treasure what you have because most of the time, it’s a whole lot better than what you want.
Since reading this book I make sure there are no rabbits in bonfire’s. If you’ve read this book, you’ll know what I mean. If you remember this book and read it as a child, I urge you to dig out your most definitely vintage copy and share with your children or just read it again, curled up on a chair and just…escape back to the time when you had that one toy to play with and it was your most favourite toy in the whole wide world.