Summer vacation is here and I officially have a first grader and a third grader on my hands! One thing I know for sure about summer is that there will be a lot of reading at my house and this summer it started with the Velveteen Rabbit. I walked by it in the library and saw it on the shelf, the beautiful artwork by William Nicholson grabbing my attention. I added it to the bag and then was so happy when my 8 year old was sitting on the couch reading it. Personally I think this book is perfect for any age. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it to Julia and then having Skyler read it aloud to me.
Why is this book so special? Anyone that has had a child with a special stuffed animal will adore this story. Skyler had a bear called Miami & Julia had Blue Puppy. Miami never really became REAL to Skyler, but Blue Puppy did for Julia and for me. To us he was REAL just like the Velveteen Rabbit was REAL to his boy. But just as in the book there is a time when the stuffed animal moves on and for us it was when the fairy came for Julia's pacifier. She no longer wanted blue puppy (they were a team) and he ended up at the bottom of the stuffed animal basket. One day I asked the girls to get toys they no longer wanted and Julia brought me Blue Puppy. I gasped, "No, we can't get rid of blue puppy." I suppose he'll always be REAL for me.
"She was quite the loveliest fairy in the whole world. Her dress was of pearl and dewdrops, and there were flowers round her neck and in her hair, and her face was like the most perfect flower of all. And she came close to the little Rabbit and gathered him up in her arms and kissed him on his velveteen nose that was all damp from crying (page 38 of the Velveteen Rabbit)."