Why did you think they were real? What made them real?
Why did you stop thinking they were real? If you think of something that does not exist, does that mean it is not real?
When in the story does the Rabbit become real? Is the Rabbit real from the very beginning? Was the little Boy wrong? Were the rabbits wrong? Were either of them right?
Meanwhile, waiting on the rubbish pile to be burned, the Velveteen Rabbit remembers his days with the Boy and the Skin Horse and cries a single tear. She explains that she will make the Velveteen Rabbit real: he was already real to the Boy, because he loved him, but now he will be real to the whole world.
She takes the Velveteen Rabbit into the woods where, he discovers, to his delight, that he has real hind legs, and can run and jump! He runs off to find a new home with the other rabbits. The next spring, the Boy is playing outside and sees a rabbit that looks familiar. He does not realize that it is indeed his own Velveteen Rabbit, who has come back to look at the child that helped him to become real. Check out our classroom study guide for the play. Learn more about The Velveteen Rabbit and purchase tickets.
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The first one being, obviously that the velveteen rabbit is an object that can be touched and seen and played with, therefore it is real in the very physical sense. Roger Hargreaves. Ah yes. I can remember my own very special stuffed animal, Puppy, and, in fact, I still have him. Little House 9-Book Boxed Set. He wished that he could become it without these uncomfortable things happening to him.
Well, ever since Susie Orbach published Fat Is a Feminist Issue in , we've known that being fat — just like being thin — is a valid life choice for some and a medical condition for others. But way back in , the titular hero of The Velveteen Rabbit was described as "fat and bunchy," and that exactly how he was meant to be. The Rabbit took a lot of flack for being a stuffed toy. He wasn't fancy, like the other toys in the nursery, and he couldn't run and skip and jump like the rabbits in the garden.
Bullied from all directions, the Rabbit learned to ignore the people who hated on him and to value his friendships with the Boy and the Skin Horse. Listening to the people who matter and tuning out the rest isn't just a valuable life lesson; it's a survival skill. And you learned it from reading The Velveteen Rabbit.
Now, being Real means something different in Williams' book. In The Velveteen Rabbit , a toy becomes Real when it finds a child who really, truly loves it. You don't need someone else's love to validate you, but you also don't need anyone else to tell you who you are. The Rabbit doesn't need the garden rabbits to tell him he's Real, and he doesn't need the Boy to keep loving him in order to stay that way.
Once he recognizes his own Realness, the Rabbit has the confidence to be his own person.