favorite book passages — on becoming real from The Velveteen Rabbit

velveteen rabbit

Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Margery Williams – The Velveteen Rabbit, 1922

While surfing facebook this morning — a bad habit I said I’d never go back to — I came across this and instantly decided to start a new feature, “Favorite Book Passages.”  It will be random, like doodads.  The Velveteen Rabbit is definitely one of my top favorite children’s books that old crones like me continue to love.

Update:  as I just became aware that Fandango’s One Word Challenge word for the day is “real,” I consider it serendipity and will link this to his challenge word for the day.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. sgeoil says:

    I hadn’t thought of this passage in years. One of the best!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you were able to see it again today 🙂

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  2. Dale says:

    What a wonderful idea, Lisa!
    And this passage is THE passage of the book, isn’t it?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, I think so. I also like the part at the end when he finally becomes real. Thanks, Dale 🙂

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      1. Dale says:

        Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. I actually bought this book way after my kids were of being read to age!

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  3. Sadje says:

    I love this passage. Beautiful thoughts and beautifully written

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  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Great idea Lisa…I love this book.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I have a copy ready and waiting to read to my grandbaby ❤

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I love the ending of it. I think Toy Story may have been inspired by this book. We still have the books we read to Bailey.

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  5. Fandango says:

    Don’t you love it when synchronicity comes into play?

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    1. Fandango says:

      Oops. I mean serendipity!

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  6. The Hinoeuma says:

    Awww….love it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Vic!

      Like

  7. memadtwo says:

    We should all strive for this kind of reality. Both my daughters still have their original, most beloved, stuffed animals.
    This is a great feature and I look forward to more. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy it brings good memories to you. It’s the essence of love to me.

      Like

  8. Portofino says:

    The Velveteen Rabbit!!! The perfect passage. I gave the book (and rabbit) to a friend in college when she was going through some things. She did the equivalent of “Meh!” I took the book from her and read it to her in the Student Union — cover to cover. She held the rabbit the entire time. When I said she didn’t need to keep the book, she grabbed it from me.

    I’ve given it… and had it given to me.

    Great choice!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Lovely story, Charley. So happy you have a personal connection to it. I remember blubbering like a sad bloodhound the first time I watched the movie and hear Meryl Streep’s narration.

      You know they have a version illustrated by a Japanese illustrator out there now that is also quite charming.

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      1. Portofino says:

        It was pretty engaging with Charley narrating it. I can’t do “crazy off the hinges” like Meryl… but still.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          🙂 My kids seemed to enjoy my narration with character voices. One of my favorite voices to do was Mayzie in, “Horton Hatches the Egg.”

          Liked by 1 person

          1. Portofino says:

            And I can do Horton! Hahaha!

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            1. msjadeli says:

              A perfect match! 🙂

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