A tale to break a caregiver’s heart: the beloved stuffed animal is lost, and the backup fails to satisfy.
Told from the backup bunny’s perspective, Fluffy’s tale begins in Mom’s sock drawer, where he waits to swoop in and save the day should Max ever lose Bunny. In the meantime, the lonely toy dreams of what it might be like to be played with and loved instead of trapped in a drawer with the mismatches, the holey socks, and that foot smell. But when Bunny turns up missing one bedtime and Fluffy is pressed into Max’s arms, it doesn’t take the boy long to notice (and reject) the substitute. But Max still plays with him a bit, enough to get him filthy. And it’s while hanging on the clothesline that Fluffy spies Bunny in the treehouse…and keeps mum; this is his big chance. The guilt eats at him a bit amid the fun, but at bedtime, when Max again cries for Bunny, he can’t take it anymore and spills the beans. It’s back to the sock drawer. But not for long; Max has arms enough for two stuffed bunnies. Stones’ illustrations depict a wonderfully expressive, long-limbed, floppy-eared stuffed rabbit. Details are spare to keep the focus on feelings. Max and his mother are white with brown hair.
A Velveteen Rabbit for kids of helicopter parents; be prepared for children to ask if their own favorites have backups. (Picture book. 4-8)