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When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he's snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse who explains how toys can become 'real',if only they are loved enough. But when Boy is ill with Scarlet Fever, and Rabbit is thrownaway, Rabbit finally discovers what it truly means to be real.

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  • ISBN: 9780857636966
  • Pub Date: 1st September 2016
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 64

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14th October '16
I read it to Arthur aged 2 aged 2 & to WillP aged 5 aged 5
The Velveteen Rabbit 9780857636966
5 stars
This is a lovely book that I can imagine reading time and time again with my 2 boys. I enjoy reading it, although, be warned, it's one of those that makes you cry. A stuffed rabbit wishes to become 'real', Beautifully illustrated and touchingly written. I have since read it is a classic of children's literature but this is the first time I have come across the book.
2nd October '16
I read it to dani aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a classic story about how a toy rabbit becomes Real. Because it is long, we read it over a few days. The attached ribbon bookmark was very useful. I was happy to see that the original text was maintained. It's a bit difficult, but that's good for children to be exposed to. I found it to be a sweet and soothing story, even while being sad at parts. The paper is high quality, with a nice hard cover. The illustrations are detailed and suitable for the story. I liked how the fairy was in some of the earlier pages to find. My daughter said the story was good, and she was willing to sit for longer than usual to listen. This is a story every child should have read to them at least once.
20th December '16
I read it to ProfessorA aged 7 aged 7 & to Captain S aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
"When a child loves you...REALLY loves you, then you become REAL."
This beautifully re-illustrated volume is the first title in a new series if classics for Nosy Crow Publishers.  The gorgeous fully-foiled cloth binding and cover make it the perfect Christmas gift for old and new fans alike.

Fed-up of being teased by Boy's mechanical toys, Velveteen Rabbit want nothing more than to become Real, like his friend Skin Horse.  However, this isn't something that can happen to you in a factory or a shop.  You can only become Real by earning the love of a child.  With the help of a small boy and some special nursery magic, Rabbit sets out to fulfil his dearest wish but the path is bumpy and full of dangers.
Originally published in 1922, this is a story that children will still be able relate to today and far into the future.  Most children have that special toy which they love and love until its ears come off and its fur wears away.  Some people still have them tucked away safely far into adulthood as a reminder of being a child.  I know that I still have my Medicine Bunny hidden away in a cupboard, having been inexpertly 'repaired' by me several times a child.
I have to admit to reading it with a lump in my throat as I thought about my own children growing up and discarding their childhood toys.  I think it's truly a story that will resonate with both children and adults.
Sarah Massini's gorgeous illustrations  beautifully bring to life the classic text which, itself, features some magical descriptive language which held my children entranced.

I think this fantastic edition would make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone!
6th November '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my favourite books as a child and so I was delighted when I found out that Nosy Crow had re-published it. It means that a whole new generation of children will be able to enjoy its magic. It is a glorious edition - printed on munken paper with foiled cloth binding and a foiled dust jacket - making it perfect for a special gift.

The story, by Margery Williams, of a boy and his toy rabbit is almost 100 years old; it was first published in 1922. Nosy Crow have kept the original text, but the illustrations have been changed. As much as I have a soft spot for the original illustrations by William Nicholson, today they do look rather dated and might not appeal to a modern audience. Illustrator Sarah Massini has had the task of reimagining the Velveteen Rabbit and his world for this new audience and she's done a wonderful job. There's a warmth and a tenderness to her illustrations. There are lovely, subtle references to the 1920s setting too. Unlike the original version, this new Nosy Crow edition is fully illustrated. This includes the seven illustrations from the original book which have all been lovingly recreated. The way the pictures are used in the book is now also more in keeping with modern children's books. In the original, the illustrations stood alone on a page or a double page whereas in the Nosy Crow version the illustrations tend to be interwoven with the text.

The Velveteen Rabbit is the story of how toys become real. It's a timeless tale of friendship and love and that special bond between a child and their favourite toy. It is joyful, heartbreaking, wise and magical. The story is one to treasure, as is this beautiful new edition.
21st September '16
dannylee read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
The story of a toy rabbit becoming real through the love of a little boy. Beautiful illustrations and a touching story and a very happy ending
28th February '17
I read it to RS aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
A beautifully written story about the power of love and believing. The velveteen rabbit is unassuming and not immediately a favourite in the playroom until the child spots him and they become inseparable. Then 'the boy' becomes very ill and all of his belongings are removed because they may carry the infection. Before this happens the rabbit talks to a learned toy (the skin horse) and longs to become real. When he finds himself abandoned and awaiting burning a fairy godmother rescues him and grants him his wish. A lovely story that kept my son enthralled, it's a longish one but best read all at once in my opinion. Beautiful ending as well. 5 stars!!
7th November '16
I read it to TomatoBoy20 aged 6 aged 6 & to TomatoBaby20 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This is a charming and beautifully illustrated version of a story I remember fondly from my own childhood & I enjoyed reading it to my boys. It is a truly heart warming story about the love children have for their toys. Be prepared for a few tears at the end if you have sensitive children though as my little boy thought it was very sad that the rabbit couldn't stay with the little boy any more.
11th October '16
I read it to Erin aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Lovely hard back book,fantastic illustration and a heart felt story of how the well loved toys become real, my daughter sat through this with a smile on her face and said she really enjoyed it. 
25th September '16
I read it to green18 aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
Beautiful book with beautiful illustrations for this classic story and the ribbon to mark place is a nice touch particularly as it is quite a long read. I read this for the first time along with my little one who insisted on filling the bed with his favourite toys after the first page! Unfortunately it proved a little too long though as he fell asleep after first few pages! There is quite a lot of text on each page so didn't' keep him engaged as much I as hoped and it took a few days to read through to the end. It is a lovely story though of a very much loved toy rabbit who wanted to become real and reminded us of some other popular films & books. Our favourite part was when the Nursery Magic Fairy appeared.
2nd October '16
I read it to Christopher_Thor aged 5 aged 5 & to Adam_Barry aged 4 aged 4
The Velveteen Rabbit 9780857636966
4 stars
Beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations. As it is a rather long story it's a great thing to have a page marker attached to the book, it took us 3 nights to read through the story. I wouldn't necessary read this to a very young book worm as there's a lot of text per page so younger listeners/readers might not hold their interest long enough. I found our eldest at 5.5 was already old enough to sit still and even to help me read the story by sounding out a word here and there.

The story itself is touching and very beautiful and more or less every child's dream as who hasn't dreamed about their toys becoming real?
1st October '16
Warren read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
I read this story with my mummy at bedtime. We read it over 3 days because it is quite a long book to read.
The story is about a young boy who gets a toy rabbit and because he loves the rabbit so much the rabbit becomes real.
The story is happy because the rabbit is loved so much but also sad because the boy gets really ill.
I really enjoyed the book and it had lovely pictures in it to look at.
I would read this story again.
13th October '16
I read it to Amelie aged 4 aged 4
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3 stars
This has to be the only book we have not been able to finish. Admittedly my four year old daughter has a very vivid imagination which makes her particularly sensitive to stories and films.  We got to the part where the Velveteen Rabbit needed to be destroyed in a fire because his boy had scarlet fever and that was it, many tears and she couldn't get past that to see the ending was actually quite sweet.  So for her it was a lovely story until that point.  If I had known I wouldn't have read it to her knowing her sensitivity to sad stories.

However, the illustrations are beautiful, as is the book itself.  The language was a little old fashioned for her to fully understand but that's all good learning for her.

For a child who loves magical stories and can see past the sadness this is a lovely story.  Only given three from the perspective of my daughter.
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About Margery Williams

Don Daily (1940-2002) illustrated many classic children's books and anthologies for Courage Books. He also created posters for many films, including The Lone Ranger, The Great Santini, and Roots. Daily's work has appeared in such magazines as Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping....

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Ann Meek lives in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire, where she works as a Learning Support Assistant at a primary school. I'M SPECIAL, I'M ME! won the Little Tiger Press New Author Prize 2003. Sarah Massini lives in East Sussex with her husband and son. This is her first picture...

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