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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (198,704 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margery Williams Narrator: Emily Bauer Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545047135
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A picture book version of the classic story of a toy rabbit who longs to become real, and the boy whose love helps him realize his dream






A stuffed toy rabbit comes to life in Margery Williams' timeless tale of the transformative power of love. Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy will choose him as a playmate. In time, the shy Rabbit befriends the tattered Skin Horse, the wisest resident of the nursery, who reveals the goal of all nursery toys: to be made "real" through the love of a human.
This classic tale has been charming children since its first publication in 1922.





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Quotes & Awards

  • “The beloved tale of the stuffed bunny who becomes real.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Among the many toys in the nursery, a stuffed, velveteen rabbit becomes the favorite and well-loved companion of a little boy who receives it in his Christmas stocking… In this timeless classic story, the velveteen rabbit learns the true meaning of what it is to be real.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Though the fanciful story…continues to resonate in recounting that ever-occurring incidence of a child's beloved toy that is finally abandoned.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Williams’ 1922 classic remains a read-aloud standard thanks to the way big themes of life, death, and change weave through its seemingly small and largely familiar domestic events.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 2/17/2014

    " While I recognize that this is a great book, it totally traumatized me as a kid! Every time I got sick, I was terrified that someone was going to throw all my stuffed animals away. That's the one part that I remember the most about the whole story. Not the adventure of the Velveteen Rabbit, but the fact that he was a beloved stuffed animal that was taken away from a sick child. Traumatizing! LOL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna Hansen | 2/14/2014

    " Great story for children and adults. Love makes you real! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby Goss | 2/13/2014

    " One of my all time favorite books!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 2/12/2014

    " No doubt I'm lacking something that makes me a true human, but I'm not keen on the stories about children's toys having feelings and getting them hurt when kids stop playing with them. Do we need kids to be so empathetic that they treasure every stupid piece of fast food flotsam they drag in the door? Burn the dingy bunny, see if I care. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schylar | 2/6/2014

    " I read this book a long time ago when i was like 5 years old! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/5/2014

    " A must have book. A classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan Clark | 2/1/2014

    " If there's one book that stands out above all the others from my childhood, it would be this one. This book just fills me with sentimental and warm feelings whenever I think about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ahmad Worthy | 1/31/2014

    " With all the warmth and magic of the original, this specially abridged adaptation tells the classic story of a toy rabbit's longing to become real. I like this story because it bring a sense of imagination to the reader to be able to predict what happens next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 1/28/2014

    " Love to read this at bed time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2014

    " This was one of my favorite books as a child. I recently read it, and it's still one of my absolute favorite stories, even as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luci | 1/24/2014

    " This story is about a little boy who gets sick, and his stuffed rabbit who wants to become real. The docter comes and says that all of the boy's toys have to be burned. Right before the velveteen rabbit gets destroyed the magic fairy comes to turn him real. Once he turns real he hops and plays happily with the other real rabbits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoey | 1/24/2014

    " This was my favorite book as a child! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/23/2014

    " I know this is a children's book, but it was free on Kindle so I downloaded it to read to my son last week. I remember reading it as a child, but forgot what a truly heartwarming and sweet story this is. I'll admit there were a few tears at the end of it. Now that I'm a mom there is something especially touching in the story of a sweet toy rabbit who just wants to be loved by the little boy and be made real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/22/2014

    " An adorable story and a childhood favourite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali Kane | 1/21/2014

    " Will never read this book again because I cried so much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy.322 | 1/20/2014

    " This book has sentimental value for me. My English teacher my senior year gave this to me as a graduation gift. She was my favorite teacher in highschool! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/18/2014

    " my favorite book as a child "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnnie-lynn | 1/13/2014

    " oh to be real <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Augustus --Louisville KY | 1/12/2014

    " This was one of my absolute favorites as a child. I haven't read it to my students yet, but definitely will. It is a great story about the love a boy has for his stuffed rabbit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/5/2014

    " Oddly enough, just read this recently (Christmas 2011). Loved it. Sad, for sure, but ultimately, a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryanne | 1/2/2014

    " The Velveteen Rabbit has always had a soft spot for me, it kept my imagination flowing that maybe my stuffed animals when I was little would come to life and play with me. It's triggered to little kids, why look at it in such an adult view? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy.322 | 12/31/2013

    " This book has sentimental value for me. My English teacher my senior year gave this to me as a graduation gift. She was my favorite teacher in highschool! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 12/13/2013

    " Read again for next bookclub. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasey Taube | 12/8/2013

    " One of my Favorite Children's books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 11/13/2013

    " Love is grand. It is amazing how love can change and redeem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 11/13/2013

    " This book reminds me of my young son and his favorite stuffed toy. To him, the toy is "real" and it goes everywhere he goes. This is a very heartwarming tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 11/7/2013

    " Always, and will forever, make me cry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glitter Walrus | 10/28/2013

    " Perhaps it's just nostalgia, but to this day this book makes me cry. I grew up with the version illustrated by Graham Percy, but couldn't find it on here :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 10/28/2013

    " MY favorite when I was a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda Garman | 10/19/2013

    " Love this story! I think it would just be a great book to teach your students how they need to pay attention to context-clues while reading the story to build comprehension. I would recommend this story for K-3rd grade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 10/10/2013

    " Such a beautiful and heartfelt story! This is a classic I'll read again and again. It forever has a place in my heart. <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 10/7/2013

    " One of the best children's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 10/6/2013

    " Nice, short, sweet. Just as all tales and tails are supposed to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rivkah. | 8/25/2013

    " It wasn't my most favorite version of the tale, but it was decent, and I didn't care for the illistrations at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 10-11 Lexie | 6/11/2013

    " I love this book. My grandma read it to me. It is so heart touching. My favorite part would have to be when she kept the rabbit when everyone wanted to get rid of the rabbit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/6/2013

    " Michael loves the idea that one's favorite stuffed animal could be real because that's how he feels about Moose, who still makes it into the bed each night. Visions of Linus? Yes. Worried? Not yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 6/1/2013

    " To say this was a childhood favorite is an understatement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree | 4/24/2013

    " I loved this book when I was little. One year for Easter I think, my Grandma bought me the book with a tape recording of the book. I loved listening to the tape over and over until it wasn't usable anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 4/15/2013

    " This book haunted my childhood and made quite an impression on me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael McEvoy | 3/31/2013

    " This was a nice little fairy tale to pass time on the train. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 3/30/2013

    " Simple things sometimes hold the most dearest place in our hearts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C-chan | 3/16/2013

    " There is something so heartwarming and yet slightly heartbreaking about becoming Real, and it always makes me cherish this story every time I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Elzinga | 3/16/2013

    " My all time favorite children's book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Simon | 1/17/2013

    " What it means to be Real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/20/2012

    " One of the best books ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 11/20/2012

    " I was in 1st grade the 1st time I saw the movie. Broke my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 10/19/2012

    " I think this made me cry when I was really young. I was hypersensitive even back then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie | 10/15/2012

    " broke my heart when I was little "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Franz | 9/7/2012

    " Read this one to my kids, and loved the lesson behind it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Barrington | 7/4/2012

    " I had never read this book although I knew the story. It is simply a lovely story about a child who loves his toy to life! Who could NOT love it? It is a perfect story, for who wants to think that their favorite toy is lost or discarded? Read it for yourself, read it to your children. . .Enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Marie | 6/22/2012

    " I still can't read this one without crying, no matter how many times! One of my all-time fav. children's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasey Taube | 6/12/2012

    " One of my Favorite Children's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/20/2012

    " I read it as a child, forgot about it, and then one day a cloudy memory of me reading it came to mind. All I remember is that I enjoyed reading. I should read it soon to refreshen my memory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Darling | 5/12/2012

    " My favorite book of all time . . . .with timeless themes of love and loss. If you've never heard Meryl Streep pitch-perfect reading of this book, or seen David Jorgensen's beautiful drawings, you've never really experienced it properly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lela | 4/26/2012

    " Neat book. Love the story. It was our son's favorite book when he was little -- now he's 43 with a little one of his own. We made sure she had her own copy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carrietracy | 3/15/2012

    " Despite having found this incredibly depressing as a child, I quite liked it as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/7/2012

    " i'll never forget this book and the truth it imparts: it hurts to be real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Anne | 11/28/2011

    " Such a cool wee kids story, love it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Geronsin | 10/15/2011

    " Has made me cry since I was a kid even have an app for it on my ipod touch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 6/9/2011

    " One of the best books ever. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Esmë | 9/8/2010

    " This book really depressed me when I read it at the age of four or five years old. It still depresses me. I don't know why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrystal Paasch simmons | 9/7/2010

    " an old-school, all time favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 8/31/2010

    " I hadn't read this book since I was young and it was still as wonderful as I remembered! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annetabb | 7/3/2010

    " Probably one of my favorite childhood books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie Jones | 4/4/2010

    " I read this over and over when I was a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 2/25/2010

    " loved it the pictures were great. it had love in it im happy i read this book and the author was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 2/21/2010

    " First read only now -- and as tender and touching as I'd always heard. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille Baird | 12/1/2009

    " One of my all time favorite childrens books. a great reminder to think about what life is really all about. Be real! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi Mcilvaine | 10/18/2009

    " The older you get the sadder it becomes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 9/1/2009

    " I love this book, it shows that when you feel loved, it makes all the difference in the world. I still cry reading this to my daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Clayton | 7/25/2009

    " My favorite book as a child! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 5/9/2009

    " Another classic that belongs on every child's bookshelf, although this one is not in my top ten. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PastAllReason | 7/19/2008

    " Admittedly read for about the 1,000th time, but still one of my favourite children's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara L. | 3/20/2008

    " Even if you read this as a child, go back and read it again. SO much wisdom contained in this "children's" book. I cry every time I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 6/22/2007

    " I know everybody loves this book, but I've always found it creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley Cooper | 4/22/2007

    " Sweet, sweet story. Timeless, priceless wisdom! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 1/9/2007

    " Loved this very much as a child. "

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About the Author
Author Margery Williams

Margery Williams Bianco (1881–1944) was an English-American author of popular children’s books. She became a professional writer at the age of nineteen, but didn’t achieve lasting fame until forty-one, when she published her best-known work, The Velveteen Rabbit, in 1922.

About the Narrator

Emily Bauer is an award-winning voice-over actress who has read for dozens of popular audiobooks for children and adults, including Margery Williams’s Velveteen Rabbit, Meg Cabot’s Insatiable, and Ann Aguirre’s Enclave. Her film credits include Mona Lisa Smile and Long Distance. She has done voice-overs for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Pokemon and has voiced scores of TV and radio commercials as well as cartoons, talking toys, and video games.