The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

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"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. Now Lou Fancher has adapted this storybook for a younger audience, and it has been brilliantly illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Here is a feast for both eye and ear -- the perfect book for any child who cherishes a stuffed animal -- and believes in magic.
 

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Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson have worked as a creative team for over 22 years and have illustrated over 30 children's books including Dr. Seuss's My Many Colored Days, Jon Scieszka's The Frog Prince, Continued and Lois Duncan's I Walk the Night which was recognized as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. They live in Moraga, California. Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson have worked as a creative team for over 22 years and have illustrated over 30 children's books including Dr. Seuss's My Many Colored Days, Jon Scieszka's The Frog Prince, Continued and Lois Duncan's I Walk the Night which was recognized as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. They live in Moraga, California.
 
Published October 18, 2004 by Doubleday & Company. 45 pages
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Recasting Williams’ original text into shorter sentences and simpler language (through a translator), Sakai subtly sweetens the overall tone: The Nursery Fairy’s "I take care of all the playthings that the children have loved.

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It would be almost impossible to ruin Margery Williams’ heartbreaking story of a toy rabbit who wants to be “Real” and is loved so much by a little boy that “all the pink rubbed off his nose where the Boy had kissed him.” But app developer Ruckus Media Group comes close with a lazy adaptation tha...

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For 31 pages (including the title screen) it's a lovely app, soft but precise, with the kinds of spring-loaded on-screen objects, tilt features and smartly integrated text that Alice for the iPad (2010) set the bar for shortly after the device debuted.

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These give way to full-page or full-spread close-up views of a flaxen-haired lad with a distant gaze, a treasure house of upscale antique toys rendered in painstaking detail, a winged Fairy dripping flowers and posed in languid, Botticelli curves and a homely, increasingly grubby bunny that is tr...

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Shortened indeed: Williams’s poetic passage introducing the Skin Horse has been reduced to: “The Skin Horse was old and wise, and he knew all about being Real.” The rest is pared down to match, leaving a tale that does still—faintly—echo the original’s lyricism, but is less likely to lose the att...

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In his note to the reader, Fancher (The Range Eternal, p. 1222, etc.) writes, "I've shortened the text to allow more room for the artwork," as an explanation for this abbreviated version of the beloved classic.

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Lou Fancher sensitively adapts Margery Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit, illus. by Steve Johnson and Fancher, while maintaining the magic of the original. The inviting oil paintings ingeniously port

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“ ‘Fancy a rabbit without any hind legs!’ And he began to laugh.” In Sakai’s (In the Meadow) retelling, those cruel truths are considerably softened and pared down—where Williams sometimes seemed to prolong the afflictions of her hero, Sakai touches on them only long enough to give he...

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Hague's warm paintings give a soft sheen to Williams's classic story.

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Lou Fancher sensitively adapts Margery Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit, illus.

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Quiet, graceful illustrations accentuate the classic tale's nostalgic tone.

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Lou Fancher sensitively adapts Margery Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit, illus. by Steve Johnson and Fancher, while maintaining the magic of the original. The inviting oil paintings ingeniously port

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Examiner

The Velveteen Rabbit: or How Toys Become Real is a children's book that asks these very questions.

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Entertainment Weekly

Williams, but Del Aguila, who also adapted the story for the stage, adds one heartbreaking moment at the end that makes the story even more special.

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Los Angeles Times

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THEATER REVIEW / 'THE VELVETEEN RABBIT' : A Bunny's Tale : Lively music and a colorful menagerie of animals make the play, less than an hour long, tailor made for the younger set.

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The Bookbag

Yes Pages: 48 Date: February 2004 Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd ISBN: 1405210540 To the Boy the Velveteen Rabbit is not just real but Real.

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Austin Chronicle

van der Wege, lighting designer Brian Davis, and sound designer Christopher Staefe should be commended for producing something as effective as this is, as should the actors, who include Rachel Nayer as the most charming goldfish in creation, Grace Sarosdy as a strutting skunk, Andrea Cody as a pu...

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EssenceArticles

Published many times since 1922, the story of the Velveteen Rabbit has pinched many hearts of different ages as it unfolds the desire of every toy to become real and the transforming power of love.

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