March 11, 2013

Yes. The Velveteen Rabbit.


So here's a funny thing. I find THE BEST BOOKS sometimes at the grocery store! There's a little bookshelf behind the Starbuck's that resides within a local grocery store, and many many times I've found cute books there.

Here's another thing. I'VE NEVER READ THIS BOOK TO JULIA BEFORE. Somehow, she had heard somewhere that it was sad, and didn't want to pick one up from the library.

But then I came across this version of 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams and gorgeously illustrated by Michael Green, and I realized that it was crazy and ridiculous that I didn't already own a copy and this one was so amazing that I snatched it right up.

It has the loveliest hardbound leather cover! (or something resembling leather, I assume everything is pleather at this point, right?) This edition is so well done and old fashionedy looking, I just adore it.

Check out that fairy! I used to think this story was sad too, and it kind of is, but it's also the kind of story that makes you want to hug everything and everyone. Hugging is good. The idea of toys becoming real is one of the great Kid Lit archetypes, don't you think?

Julia's stuffed animals are so important to her, you have no idea. She truly, deeply LOVES them. She knows each and every one. She's convinced that they ARE real, and takes turns sleeping with each one.

Our cat Sally is slowly eating everything we own. (post coming soon. or the cat's demise. one or the other.) And several of Julia's stuffies have been chewed. But Julia is so loyal to them, she loves them even after they've been chewed, and she refuses to let them go.

One of my best friends gave me the vintage looking bunny you see up above here. She gave it to me when we went off to college. And now it lives in Julia's room. I think 'The Velveteen Rabbit' so perfectly examines the idea of holding onto and loving the worn and the faded. It's so easy to lose sight of that in this time of newest versions and latest upgrades.

I can't believe I almost let my daughter grow up without reading this story!

I offered to throw away a particular stuffed animal that Sally had chewed, and get her a new one, and Julia wouldn't hear of it. She didn't want the new version. She wanted the one she had, even if meant keeping a stuffy with a chewed ear. It was a really great lesson...for me. Julia's love for her stuffies have really shown me that certain objects just can't be replaced. Except I think my cat can be replaced because she is pure feline evil.

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  1. Oh this book!!! My brother was in the play when he was a kid. He played the little boy. Such memories! I think I'll remind him and he probably will get the book and read to my son :D

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    1. oh how cute Cherie!!! that sounds darling :)

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  2. Oh and I so understand your Julia. I felt the same way with my stuffed animals too! Can't let any of them go!

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    1. I truly can't even comprehend the depth of her stuffed animal love. It's EPIC!

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  3. What a beautiful copy. I need get Baby Whimsy something like this one.

    I love her rabbit too!

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    1. isn't that rabbit amazing? it has held up really well, considering it's over 20 yrs old!

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  4. I have a nephew who isn't allowed stuffed animals. I think that's a tragedy. Hands down my kids love their stuffies more than any other toys. Even ones they forget about for a while show back up in play rotation out of the blue. Classic story, that version looks wonderful.

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    1. Oh my goodness! I'm trying to think of Julia's life without stuffies. I think she would go live somewhere else. :) Does the child have terrible allergies or something? I know some folks think they are terrible dust collectors. From time to time, I grab the whole lot in a laundry basket and put them into the dryer on High to kill off dust mites. (although I don't do it as often as I should. we're just dusty.)

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    2. yeah, its an allergy thing. They are pretty fanatical about it... like we get in trouble if he comes over here and there are any stuffies out. It's not that big of a deal though because they live far away and rarely come over. I'm glad I haven't had to deal with kid allergies. That would be hard.

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  5. What a sweet edition. And her vintagey bunny is lovely!

    I read it to the girls last year. Friends gave us their hardcover copy with the original Nicholson illustrations. It's sad, but it's uplifting, too. And much like Toy Story 2 and 3, it makes you want to grab your most beloved toys and hug and kiss them all. (Um, right?)

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    1. yes! yes indeed!

      get this. for awhile my mom was always giving me little mini teddy bears, dressed up in cute clothes. one yr I made a circle of them around my christmas tree, they were so cute. and then I got some INSANE purging mood, and I donated them all. I have NO idea why. Julia would have loved them. I seriously don't know what I was thinking, it was sometime in my mid-20's.

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  6. That version looks lovely! We have a board book version that I don't care too much for--maybe I can find this one somewhere. Oh. How I look forward to the cat-eating-everything post!

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    1. oh Vanessa! it has become terribly fantastically awful! she ate 6 of my shirts, I recently discovered.

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  7. About the @#$#%cat. I know that you don't deliberately give her non-edible stuff to eat because you also don't want major vet bills, but... since SHE IS GOING TO EAT STUFF ANYWAY!!!! you might want to leave things around-like the already ruined clothes, cheap cat and dog toys, etc. so she can satisfy her ridiculous pica needs on things you don't care about. It's a good thing that she is sweet and entertaining in other ways:)

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    1. ha ha! we did! after this latest episode of clothes chewing, I just left the pile on the floor of our bedroom. so she can wander over and take a little nibble when she wants to. she has a red stuffed toy we got from the pet store that is her absolute favorite, she carries it all over the house. she throws it in the air. she chases it. it's so funny. but....she still will eat everything else that isn't nailed down...:)

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