Review: “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams

For the love of books

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams is a short novel that will always have a special place of honor in children’s literature.

The author focuses on the pure love between a child and his toy rabbit.  She enchants the reader by philosophizing on the subject of magic and its effects upon toys when they are truly loved by their owners.  The bittersweet story is empowered by its moral: great love and devotion should be justly rewarded.  The emphasis that is given to the virtues of unconditional love and altruism is prominent in the character of the velveteen rabbit.  The velveteen rabbit is granted his dearest wish when he is rewarded for his love.  He enters the world resurrected as a real rabbit in lieu of the toy that he was before.  Death and disease participate as the ruthless antagonists in the tale, making the storyline more serious.  It is ironic that the velveteen rabbit’s owner quickly forgets his beloved toy in the midst of uncontrollable circumstances.

Original review: ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ is a classic, Examiner.com

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