The Velveteen Rabbit


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A soft and fluffy Velveteen Rabbit lived in a toy box that belonged to a boy. Every day, the boy opened the toy box and played with the Velveteen Rabbit. 

After some time, newer and better toys came and started living in the toybox. They had special tricks some could move when the boy pushed a button or twisted a key.

Some of the other toys bounced like a frog. Unfortunately, the Velveteen Rabbit had no such special tricks so, the boy started to play with the other new toys.

At night, when the toys were back all in the toy box, the other toys talked about the fine things they could do with pride but, the Velveteen Rabbit was quiet because there wasn’t anything to say.

Only one other toy, the Cowboy Horse, was like Velveteen Rabbit he was also a soft, fluffy toy.  But he was quite old most of his hair was worn away and he had lost one of his eyes.

The Cowboy Horse said to The Velveteen Rabbit, “Soft toys like us are really the lucky ones. We are loved the most. when we get loved very much, we can become real.”

“What is real?” wondered The Velveteen Rabbit. “You can move and show your love back after you become real! Isn’t that exciting?” said the Cowboy Horse.

One day the nanny, who took care of the boy, opened the toy box. She said in a busy tone, “Oh, no! the walking doggie is missing. I must find something else for my boy!”.

In a second, Velveteen Rabbit was plopped down onto the bed with the boy.

This was the happiest time for The Velveteen Rabbit each night the boy would hug the Velveteen Rabbit while sleeping he took the Velveteen Rabbit with him wherever he went.  

After several days of hugging and holding, much of Velveteen Rabbit’s fur was lost. Its pink nose faded in color but the Velveteen Rabbit did not care it was very happy.

One day the Boy became sick his body temperature rose. The doctor came and went the nanny was very worried.

During this time, the boy stayed in bed there was nothing much for the Velveteen Rabbit to do but to stay in bed, too. 

Then, at last, the boy got better everybody was happy in the house. The doctor asked the boy to go to the shore the Rabbit was very happy. 

“What about this old bunny?” Nana asked the doctor. “That thing?” said the doctor “It’s full of germs burn it at once! Get him a new one.”

So, the Velveteen Rabbit was thrown into a sack along with the other belongings of the boy. The gardener was asked to burn the sack in the backyard.

But the gardener was too busy picking beans before nightfall, so he left the sack behind. “I will take care of it tomorrow,” he said the sack was open from the top, and the Velveteen Rabbit fell out.

The next day when the gardener picked up the sack to burn it, the Velveteen Rabbit was not inside it.

Then it started to rain. The Velveteen Rabbit was sad he went far away from the boy, and now soaking wet!.  A tear fell from his eye and plopped onto the grass. Suddenly, at the spot where the tear fell, a flower bloomed. It was a tiny Fairy! 

“My Little Rabbit,” said the Fairy. “Do you know who I am?”

“No, I don’t!” said Velveteen Rabbit.

“I am the tiny Fairy that takes care of toys,” said the Fairy.  

By then, the Velveteen Rabbit was shabby and grey. The pink lining in the ears had long turned grey. Its brown spots, once bright, were now faded away. “It is time for you to become Real,” said the Fairy.

The rabbit was very happy to hear this. With one touch of the Fairy’s wand, the Velveteen Rabbit felt different. Suddenly, he felt each one of its legs could move!  

“So this is real"! Now I can move when I want to!”

“I will take you to some new friends,” said the Fairy. And the Fairy took him to a place where several rabbits ran and hopped about. Soon they all became good friends.

Time went by. The boy was fully recovered by now. One day, the boy went to the backyard to play. From the trees nearby, a few rabbits hopped out.

One rabbit was brown, and another one was all white. A third rabbit had brown spots, most of them faded. That rabbit came close to the boy.

The Boy thought, "This rabbit looks just like my old Bunny that was lost when I was sick. I loved that Bunny so much!"

What he didn't know was that it was his very own Bunny, who came back to see the boy. Ultimately, he was the reason that his own toy became real.

Moral of The Velveteen Rabbit - ''Do not get demotivated during bad times of your life. Something good is always waiting for you.''