Before I read this book, I felt like I was very familiar with the story. I never read it as a child, but since using the Calm meditation app, this has become my favourite sleep story read by Anna Acton.
It turns out, however, that the sleep story is so good at its job that I was only really familiar with the first quarter of the book and the rest was completely unknown.
If you’ve not read it, the story is about a toy rabbit made from velveteen (which is apparently a fabric that imitates velvet – may seem obvious but yes, I googled it!). He’s bought for a boy for Christmas, but quickly becomes forgotten about in favour of other flashier toys.
He speaks to another toy called the Skin Horse about what it means to become real, and from that point on it’s all he wants. And when it looks like he might be about to get his wish, something happens to get in the way. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I won’t say anymore.
I thought it was such a sweet story about childhood love, and although it definitely brought tears to my eyes, there were funny bits too, like when the velveteen rabbit comes face to face with some real rabbits.
I wish I’d read this as a child, and I’ll definitely be saving this book to come back to in future.