The Velveteen Rabbit by Komako Sakai

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The tender relationship between the boy and his stuffed rabbit shines through gorgeous, luminous illustrations, transporting adult readers into the world of childhood while giving children a picture of themselves.

In her retelling of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, Komako Sakai's text flows beautifully with her evocative, color-saturated illustrations. Written in gentle tones, the text resonates with the tender relationship between the boy and his toy rabbit. And, as always, Sakai's sensitive illustrations succeed in an absolute sense in evoking the interior world of the child, with all of its playful energy and poignant solitude. Her depictions of child and rabbit are memorable and may well become part of our collective, cultural memory of Williams' original book. Sakai's text is simpler than Williams', allowing her illustrations to convey much that is left unsaid, making for a fine integrity between word and image.

Komako Sakai was born in Hyogo, Japan. After graduating from Tokyo's National University of Fine Arts and Music, Sakai worked at a kimono textile design company. She is currently one of the most popular authors and illustrators in Japan. She is well known in the United States for In the Meadow, Emily's Balloon, and The Snow Day.


 

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Komako Sakai was born in Hyogo, Japan. After graduating from Tokyo's National University of Fine Arts and Music, Sakai worked at a kimono textile design company. She is currently one of the most popular author-illustrators in Japan.
 
Published October 18, 2004 by Enchanted Lion Books. 45 pages
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A lightly massaged version of the classic tale, with atmospherically combed and rubbed oil-pencil pictures.

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Everyone remembers that the Velveteen Rabbit receives a fairy’s gift of life. But at its core, Margery Williams’s classic story is about stark realities: humans are brusque and unreliable, toys wear o

Oct 26 2012 | Read Full Review of The Velveteen Rabbit

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Everyone remembers that the Velveteen Rabbit receives a fairy’s gift of life. But at its core, Margery Williams’s classic story is about stark realities: humans are brusque and unreliable, toys wear o

Oct 29 2012 | Read Full Review of The Velveteen Rabbit

PreS-K—Spare text and lovely artwork characterize this retelling of Margery William's classic tale, originally published in 1922. The major plot points are succinctly incorporated, as the rabbit learns about the possibility of becoming "REAL" ("a child's true friend"), steps into place as his own...

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