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  • Ellen Gorrin

    The Velveteen Rabbit Written by Margery Williams and Illustrated by William Nicholson. One of my favorite books ever

  • Laura Levada

    A charming children's book with words of wisdom for big people, too. Margery Williams The Velveteen Rabbit.

  • Jennifer Lammers

    Oh, this brought nostalgic tears to my eyes! Childhood memories <3

  • Sally Marinucci

    The Velveteen Rabbit - top 3 fav childhood book

  • Shana Keiser

    The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams | 14 Books That Traumatized You As A Kid

  • Lynn Huang

    My favorite passage on love. From the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. “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 happen often 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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"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" 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 happen often 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." "I suppose you are real?" asked the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled... sob

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