MARGERY WILLIAMS’S THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Lou Fancher

MARGERY WILLIAMS’S THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

In his note to the reader, Fancher (The Range Eternal, p. 1222, etc.) writes, “I’ve shortened the text to allow more room for the artwork,” as an explanation for this abbreviated version of the beloved classic. Shortened indeed: Williams’s poetic passage introducing the Skin Horse has been reduced to: “The Skin Horse was old and wise, and he knew all about being Real.” The rest is pared down to match, leaving a tale that does still—faintly—echo the original’s lyricism, but is less likely to lose the attention of, as Fancher puts it, “a wiggly two-year-old” being forced to listen to it. The art is, as promised, all full-paged and space-filling: quiet compositions in which the Velveteen Rabbit, the Boy, and other figures are large, soft-surfaced forms, viewed close-up, and from a child’s-eye level to enhance the feeling of intimacy. The tale’s more philosophical aspects will still elude most of the nursery school set, but sharing this summary may make some listeners more receptive to the Real story, when they’re old enough to appreciate it. On the other hand, perhaps they’ll think they’ve read it already. Why not just wait? (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-689-84134-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Anne Schwartz/Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2002




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