The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become the Real Velvet Rabbit or the Miracle of Transfiguration. It is one of the best-known children’s books in the English-speaking world. It was written by the British-American author Margery Williams (1881-1944) in 1922.

It is one of the most successful and well-known works of the writer. It was Williams’ first children’s book, which had, however, already been active since 1900 as an author of adult literature. Illustrated was the book by William Nicholson.

The story of The Velveteen Rabbit is quickly told …

A small boy gets as a Christmas present a small velvet rabbit. In terms of attractiveness, however, this can not keep up with all the modern and technical toys. The rabbit gets very sad and asks his toy friends for advice.

A horse tells him that a toy can really come to life when it is loved only by its owner, the child. And that is exactly what happens in the course of the story: the velvet rabbit becomes a faithful companion during a sickness of the little boy who does not leave his side.

However, the child’s doctor ordered that all his toys would have to be burnt, in order to finally be the master of the disease. This makes the boy cry and a tear hurts the rabbit before it is destroyed.

When the spring comes and the boy is very well again, he sees a rabbit in the garden, which looks very similar to his old friend …

Naturally, such a material is adapted from film and television. So the first film adaptation in 1976 was a TV special titled “The First Easter Rabbit” , in which the story is recorded and a toy car is transported to the Easter bunny. Meryl Streep also lent her voice as a narrator of a video production in 1985. In the same year, two comic films made by Hanna-Barbera, who had already made “Tom & Jerry” , as well as the Canadian Atkinso Film- Production company with Christopher Plummer as narrator. Also in the TV came the velvet rabbit: