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The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
By: (1881-1944)

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day…

Written in 1922, The Velveteen Rabbit, or, How Toys Become Real is the tale of a sweet unassuming toy rabbit who questions what it is to live and to love. It was the first children’s title written by Margery Williams (1881 – 1944), who had previously created only for adults. This story eclipsed all others, to become her most famous work, and an ever adored classic for all ages. (Summary written by Marlo Dianne)

“It was by a sort of accident that The Velveteen Rabbit became the beginning of all the stories I have written since…By thinking about toys and remembering toys, they suddenly become very much alive. Toys I had loved as a little girl–my almost forgotten Tubby, who was the rabbit, and Old Dobbin, the Skin Horse, and the toys my children had loved.” — Margery Williams

First Page:

THE Velveteen Rabbit


by Margery Williams Illustrations by William Nicholson

DOUBLEDAY & COMPANY, INC. Garden City New York

To Francesco Bianco from The Velveteen Rabbit

List of Illustrations

Christmas Morning The Skin Horse Tells His Story Spring Time Summer Days Anxious Times The Fairy Flower At Last! At Last!

HERE was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - August 12, 2014
Lovely book. Reading was annoying to begin with but then the reader settled down and spat the plum out of her mouth, still the voice is very difficult to listen to.
Reviewer: - August 25, 2013
Subject: Streamed file is NOT same as download
I thought this download had been replaced with a better version, which you can hear in the streamed version above. However, the audiobook download and the streamed version are two different files, by two different readers. The download is read by Marlo Dianne, and is quite awful. Avoid this download! She reads the entire story in a monotonous, pretentious, unnatural tone that ruins this magical story. I wish the file that is used in the streamed version would be used instead. THAT reader does a much better job.
Reviewer: - August 25, 2013
Subject: Pretentious reader
I have always loved this story. However, this particular reader uses a very affected, pretentious-sounding voice that is extremely distracting and annoying.

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