by Margery Williams; illustrated by William Nicholson
Doubleday Books for Young Readers | On sale January 28, 2014 | Ages 3–7
HC: 978-0-385-37566-5 | $19.99 | $23.00 Can. | 48 pages
"Doubleday Books for Young Readers is pleased to provide readers with a new gift edition of one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT (by Margery Williams; illustrated by William Nicholson / On sale January 28, 2014 / $19.99 / Ages 3–7). Ideal for baby showers, birthdays, and holidays throughout the year, or just as a great read-aloud, this new version is sure to appeal to children, parents, and fans of this unforgettable story.
This charming new edition contains Margery Williams’s classic text about a discarded, threadbare nursery toy that is saved from peril by a magic fairy. The fairy whisks the Velveteen Rabbit to the idyllic world of Rabbitland, where he becomes “Real”—a cherished childhood companion who will be loved for eternity. With luminous illustrations by William Nicholson (re-scanned from a rare 1922 first edition) and a sumptuous cloth binding, this gift book is certain to become a favorite family volume.
Treasured for generations, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is a timeless tale about the magic of boundless love that will be cherished by a new generation of young readers."
Recently, I was sent this new deluxe gift edition of the classic tale, "The Velveteen Rabbit." I don't know, but I think I was more excited about reading the book than the girls were. Growing up this used to be my favorite book to have my mom read to me at bedtime, and while I still have the original book that she was kind enough to save, it has seen better days. Because of this, I have it stored away, to preserve, only to pull out on occasion and read when spring cleaning. You would think that I would have picked up a copy of this book to include my daughters' book collection -- but, I was surprised to find that we didn't own it. So, when I received this gift edition, I was eager to relive this classic tale and share with my girls. :-)
What caught me eye, beyond the beautiful cloth binding with gold accents, was the remastered illustrations from the 1922 first edition. I couldn't help find myself linger a while on each page, as I admired the illustrations done by William Nicholson. I will not bore you on a review of the story, as you have probably read this timeless classic or have had it read to you as a child. What I wanted to let you know was this new deluxe gift edition would make for the perfect baby shower gift, baby's first birthday gift, or given just because to share the joy of reading with a young children, as you create memories bonding and spending quality time reading together. :-)
I was so happy to see my girls enjoying this story, and didn't mind when they asked me to read it again. And, since receiving, "The Velveteen Rabbit" has become one of our must read books at bedtime. What a way to wrap up a great day with the girls, than to cuddle up in bed and share one of my childhood favorites with them, and see their eyes light up wonder and joy as I read the story, and we admire the beautiful illustrations. I will definitely be picking up additional copies so that my girls can each have their own copy, and to share as gift this year. If only this book was available at Christmas, as it would have made a great stocking stuffer gift for children. Making a mental note for this upcoming holiday season. :-)
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MARGERY WILLIAMS (1881–1944) published The Velveteen Rabbit in 1922—the first and best known of her 30 books for young people. She was born in London, and lived her later years in Greenwich Village, New York.
About the Illustrator:
WILLIAM NICHOLSON (1872–1949) illustrated several books, but was primarily known during his lifetime as a portrait painter. Many of his portraits and still lifes hang today in museums and galleries throughout England, where he was born. He was knighted in 1936.
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.