The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Review

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Children and adult alike have fantasies and dreams of watching toys come to life and watch them live and learn new things. In fact, there are plenty of books written with this kind of theme and idea. One particular book is The Velveteen Rabbit, a children’s book written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson.

This book has been around since 1922, the year of its first publication. The book has been adapted into several animation and film adaptation. The story is one of the best-know book written by Margery Williams and it has been republished many times since its first appearance in the book market. It can be purchased at Amazon.

The book is loved by both children and adult because of its heartwarming story. The book is captivating and touching that it will pull at your heartstrings. It is a story worth keeping in one’s memory and worth retelling to the future generation.

The story is about loving unconditionally, even if the one you love is not real. The story revolves around a boy who receives a velveteen rabbit as a Christmas present. He grew so fond of the toy that he loved it so much the toy slowly came to life and became real.

As time passed, the rabbit losses it grandeur and became shabbier. But this didn’t stop the boy from loving it even more. The rabbit also learns new things in life when he discovers the world with his owner.

However, the boy gets sick and all his toys must be burned to disinfect the boy’s nursery. While waiting to be burned at the bonfire, the rabbit sheds real tears and he was transformed into a real rabbit by the Nursery Magic Fairy.

The rabbit’s former owner sees him the next spring and believes that he is the rabbit he once played with.

Readers will be touched with this heartfelt story as it teaches you that all things in life can be loved no matter what state they are in. One memorable line in the book is, “… Once you are real, you can’t become unreal again. It lasts forever.”

One can really learn new things even if you’ll learn it through a children’s book. It is not really surprising, knowing that you will learn things even from toys and animals.

This book is perfect for toy lovers and children at heart who believes that there is a chance for toys to become real and alive. It is a sentimental story you will keep in your memories and treasure box.

The Velveteen Rabbit has received a lot of positive reviews. Readers and customers who purchased the book in Amazon praised it for its elegance.

Bizzie Lizzie has been quoted saying, “The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic. Beautifully written and a joy to read, for both adults and children. This one’s definitely going to stay on my bookshelves! The illustrations are beautiful too. I’ve been waiting to get this for a while. Worth waiting for.”

Ginny Britton, another reader of The Velveteen Rabbit found it a ‘lovely book’. She commented on how the book was beautifully illustrated.”My 3 year old loves it, and so do I. A firm favorite with a wonderful helping of magic about it.”

Readers of the book have created a connection with it that one said that she does not want to give it away, “This edition is absolutely charming, printed on quality paper and beautifully illustrated – the sort of book you want to keep on your bookshelf from childhood and forever – the story has a magical message for everyone no matter what age and this edition is.”

But not all books are perfect. Some people will find flaws in it. In addition, most of the negative review on the book was that, the illustration and the quality of the book material was not what they had anticipated or had in mind.

One example of a negative comment on the book is a review on found in Amazon.“Being a children’s book I was disappointed at the lack of illustrations and those that were included were lacking color. This was not what I expected in light of the price of the book.”

However, no matter good reviews or bad about the quality of the illustration and the materials used in the publication of the book, it is still worth purchasing. It is a timeless story. One worth keeping and displaying in your collection of classic books.

Remember that it is not really the paper or the cover of the book that counts. It is the message hidden between the lines of this enchanting story that had transcended through generation and still alive in the memories of those who had found joy in reading and discovered the magic this story brings.

The Velveteen Rabbit is a must read. You are never too old for a children’s book. You are never too young to discover magic that stories can bring.

Hard Candy, Nobody Ever Flies over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Book Review

HARD CANDY: Nobody Ever Flies over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Written by Charles A. Carroll is a must read.

This book should be sitting on the desk of every governor, senator, representative, every director, educator and all students in departments of human and social services, psychology and public health available as a ready reference to the bureaucratic nightmare and lost humanity of a system set up to protect and care for our abandoned children and our mental and physically deficient citizens of all ages. Hard Candy is a must read for anyone who even pretends to care about the welfare of our children. This is an unforgettable saga of the will of a young human spirit to survive incarceration in one of our nation’s institutions with living conditions so sadistic, brutal and degrading that “child abuse’ doesn’t come near describing this disgrace.

I had the privilege of meeting the author and reading an advanced copy of this soon to be released book. The ever gracious host, Charles has devoted his life to the pursuit of knowledge and generating awareness about the abuse that still occurs to this day inside such institutions. Do not for one moment think that his is a tale of yesteryear and we have fixed the problems, improved the system.

Told with the innocent clarity of a young child interspersed with the accumulated knowledge and hindsight analysis of the adult, this true story travels through a decade during which the author as a young boy was repeatedly abandoned by the system and lost in the tombs of a bureaucratic hell.

Left on the doorsteps of an orphanage as a toddler with his less than one year older sibling who was probably borderline retarded, this is a tale of an enduring love between two brothers who had no one else in life but each other. Never losing the impish grim and charming good looks, Charles along with his brother traveled from orphanage to foster home to state institution to foster home and back to state institution. As a court order required the brothers not to be separated, a terrified young Charles found himself joining his brother in a state facility for boys with mental disabilities, “a nuthouse” as one would call it. No one bothered to notice that this was not an appropriate placement for a perfectly normal little boy.

The story relates in chilling detail the daily living horror that was Charles’ life. A normal youngster dumped in with society’s outcasts in a nightmarish hell of abuse, hunger, filth, punishment, neglect and unending loneliness. A world where almost all adults he encountered continued the pattern of outright brutality and physical abuse or in true institutional form looked with strong blinders the other way and just did their time at the job. A world where children were left just to sit for years, suffering unending misery and boredom, never given the chance to develop their natural capabilities in any manner. The will to endure, protect his brother and survive kept Charles placing one small foot in front of the other each despairing day. The will to maintain his sanity in an insane place, to endure suffering no child should ever be expected to face and to survive to bear witness against an unjust and little known system gives Charles the strength to speak for the all but forgotten.

Violet the Pilot in Hawaii – Review

Violet the Pilot in Hawaii is the third book of a children’s series written by author Bettina Bathe. One of the very first striking aspects of this book is the illustrator’s use of bright colored fish and birds, a flowery helicopter, tropical scenery and agriculture within the Hawaiian Island region. The illustrations by Barbara Fortin also reveal lush forest and wildlife scenes including a myriad of creatures that dwell in the waters surrounding the islands.

This adventure begins when two Hawaiian youth, Kimo and Malia, request a scenic tour ride in Violet’s purple helicopter. As always, safety comes first for Violet, and they spend a few moments discussing air currents and looking at maps before starting out.

Violet and her passengers are accompanied by as they fly above tropical forests, a beautiful waterfall, interesting volcanoes and agricultural fields. The adventure is interrupted when they are called upon to help rescue a baby whale. Thanks to Violet’s confident pilot skills and her loyal animal and insect friends, the frightened whale is returned to her pod. These unlikely heroes arrive to their destination safely and celebrate with a Luau and a feast. This is no ordinary feast – the table is laden with all kinds of Hawaiian foods. And later, they are entertained by Hula Dancers and Violet plays her Ukulele.

The author incorporates real life terms in her books, yet she is able to explain things in a way that young people can clearly understand. The last page has an illustration with all three of the flags from the countries Violet has worked in so far. These could be excellent teaching and memory tools for the reader to use with children. However, Violet the Pilot in Hawaii offers more than entertainment and education – the author has also dedicated a portion of the sales of this book to the Canadian Red Cross. Additionally, Bettina’s website offers contests and awards for young readers for her young readers to enjoy.

ISBN#: 0-9738290-1-X

Author: Bettina Bathe

Illustrator: Barbara Fortin

Publisher: Violet the Pilot Enterprises, Inc.

Published: January 2006