Some pets are real and some are…
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day. “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”
There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid.
“Real” is a magical word to the Velveteen Rabbit — he doesn’t know quite what it means. But the Skin Horse, who is old and wise, knows, and he shares the secret: Being Real means being loved.
Margery Williams’s classic story of how a boy’s love transforms a velveteen rabbit into a real one has resonated in the hearts of children for decades. Here is a feast for both eye and ear — the perfect book for any child who cherishes a stuffed animal.
Below is a literature guide that was created as teacher guides prior to attending a theatrical production of The Velveteen Rabbit. It has a lot of great information and support images.