25 September 2007

Velveteen Rabbit

 


This 1922 classic at 31 pages can be read at one sitting. And kids will ask for it over and over. Somehow I missed this as a child, and read it myself for the first time as I read it to my son last year. Instead of the dinseyesque fairy tale I was expecting, it was a touching, almost believable story that makes childhood seem more real than adulthood.

Since it is a "classic" and about a stuffed animal, I'm a bit suprised that our 6yr old boy, who normally wants stories of superheros or even doesn't listen to stories, will get quiet and concentrate on every word as this book is read to him. The story just touches something deep in children.

We have the classic version which is available on Amazon for one cent (plus $3.50 Shipping), however there is a 1989 version with illustrations by Michael Hague that may be better than the original. Either one is fine, because the words are what really matter in this children's book.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Even though I am not a parent, I still love your blog. A great combination of urban information and news that can benefit everyone. May I make another book suggestion? I'm sure you have heard of it - "Make Way for Ducklings" - A classic too that still holds up today and I still love as an adult. Written by Robert McCloskey who was born in Hamilton, OH.

Mike said...

We'll check it out. Thanks for leaving a comment.

I'm not sure if I have much of a parent readership, and I'm not sure if that is a problem or not. I'm still working it out which way to go with this.