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The Velveteen Rabbit---A Story Not Just for Kids

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It was a coincidence that I got to know this children's novel, The Velveteen Rabbit, written by Margery Williams. My mother thought I as a young adult was so childish when I read this book aimed at children, but after finishing this book I really want to say it's a great book not just for little kids.
 
This is a story of a stuffed rabbit sewn with velveteen. The rabbit was given as a Christmas gift to a little boy, but soon was neglected. In the nursery the oldest toy Skin Horse informed the rabbit of magically becoming Real as a result of love from the boy. Later the rabbit replaced the china dog as a new company of the boy. The more the boy played with the little rabbit, the more he loved it and he thought the rabbit was Real even though the rabbit grew old and shabby. But then unfortunately the boy contracted scarlet fever, all the old clothes and toys in the nursery were to be burned, the little rabbit was included. In the corner behind the fowl-house where the old discarded clothes and playthings were piled, the little rabbit was crying when suddenly the Nursery Fairy appeared who made the rabbit Real. That magic works! A few months later, the rabbit came to a garden to see the boy who had first helped him to be Real.
 
Beneath this touching story, I think, there may be a thought-provoking meaning for us to reconsider. Of course, it's just my personal feelings. Every toy in this story has a dream of becoming Real. This magic works on condition that they win the love of their owner. In the process of receiving love from their owner, they must grow shabbier and older. It reminds me girls contributing their youth to love, burying their youth into marriage. Then one day girls are not the girls as they were, they become old, ugly, and in the end they are abandoned by their loved ones. However, in the real world, there is no such a magic to make them "Real"---to make them young and beautiful once more. Youth will be gone for ever, why not make the best of it, and contribute it to something else not just love.
 
(The cover of The Velveteen Rabbit )
 
Thanks for your reading, dear friend ! *^-^*

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