The Velveteen Rabbit

Part 1: The Velveteen Rabbit

A SOFT AND FLUFFY VELVETEEN RABBIT lived in a toybox in a Boy's room.  Each day, the Boy opened the toybox and picked up the Velveteen Rabbit. The Velveteen Rabbit felt as happy as the Boy.

Velveteen Rabbit

Then newer, brighter toys came into the toybox.  They had special tricks.  Some could move when the Boy pushed a button, and others bounced high.  The Velveteen Rabbit had no special tricks or buttons. After awhile, the Boy started to choose the other new toys.  

At night, when the toys were back in the toy box, the other toys talked with pride about the fine things they could do. The Velveteen Rabbit was quiet.  There was not much to say.

Velveteen Rabbit

The only other toy in the toy box that was soft and fluffy like the Velveteen Rabbit and could not do any fancy tricks was Cowboy Horse.  Cowboy Horse was old and most of his fur was worn away.

Cowboy Horse said to the Velveteen Rabbit, “Do not listen to the rest of them. Soft toys like us are really the lucky ones.  We get loved the most.  And when soft toys get loved enough, we can become Real.”

“What do you mean, 'Real?' ” said the Velveteen Rabbit.

“Being Real is the best," said Cowboy Horse.  "You can move when you want. When you are Real, if you are loved you can show love back.”


Part 2: Chosen!

One day Nana, who took care of the Boy, flew open the lid of the toy box.  She said in a busy tone, “Oh, dear!  That walking doggie is missing. I must find something else for the Boy!”  In a second, the Velveteen Rabbit was plopped down onto the bed with the Boy.

This began another happy time for Velveteen Rabbit.  Each night the Boy would hold the Velveteen Rabbit close in his arms.  In the morning, the Boy would show the Velveteen Rabbit how to make rabbit holes under the sheets.  If the Boy went outside to a picnic or to the park, the Velveteen Rabbit would come with him.  

After all that hugging and holding, much of the Velveteen Rabbit’s fur got matted down.  Its pink nose grew less pink, but the Velveteen Rabbit did not care.  It was happy.

One day the Boy became sick.  His forehead got very hot.  The doctor came and went, and Nana walked back and forth in fear.  Day after day, the Boy stayed in bed.   There was nothing for Velveteen Rabbit to do but to stay in bed too, day after day.  

Velveteen Rabbit

Then at last, the Boy got better.  Such joy in the house! The doctor said the Boy must go to the shore.  How wonderful! thought Velveteen Rabbit.  Many times the Boy had talked with great excitement about the shore, about its wide sandy shore and big blue ocean.  

“What about this old bunny?” Nana asked the doctor.

“That old thing?” said the doctor.  “It’s full of scarlet fever germs.  Burn it at once!  Get him a new bunny.”

The Velveteen Rabbit was thrown into a sack along with the Boy's bed sheets and old clothes and a lot of junk.  The sack was carried to the backyard.  The gardener was told to burn the whole thing.

But the gardener was too busy picking the beans and peas before nightfall, so he left the sack behind.  “I will take care of it tomorrow,” he said.  The sack was not tied at the top, and the Velveteen Rabbit fell out.  

Velveteen Rabbit



Part 3: A Tiny Fairy

The next day when the gardener picked up the sack to take it away to be burned, the Velveteen Rabbit was not in it.

Then it started to rain.  The Velveteen Rabbit felt sad - so far away from the Boy, never again to be nice and cozy inside together and now soaking wet, too!  A tear fell from Velveteen Rabbit’s eye, over his cheek.  It plopped onto the grass.

All at once, at the spot where the tear fell, a flower grew up.  The bud of the flower opened.  Inside was a tiny Fairy!

Velveteen Rabbit

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

“Should I know you?” said the Velveteen Rabbit.

“I'm the Fairy that takes care of toys that are well loved,” said the Fairy.  

By then, the Velveteen Rabbit was shabby and frayed.  The boy had loved off all of its whiskers.  The pink lining in the ears had worn into a light grey. Its dark brown spots, once fresh and bright, were now faded and hard to see.

“It is time for me to make you Real,” said the Fairy.  

“I think I remember Real,” said Velveteen Rabbit.  What was it that Cowboy Horse had said?  Ah, yes!  When you are Real, you move when you want to move.  If you are loved, you can love back.

With one touch of the Fairy’s wand, the Velveteen Rabbit felt different.  Tickly.  All of a sudden, its two legs that had always been sewn together tight, could move apart!  

A fly landed on Velveteen Rabbit’s head.  It was itchy and as quick as a wink, that foot was up at the Velveteen Rabbit’s head to shake it away.

“So this is being Real! I can move when I want to move!”

“I will show you some new friends,” said the Fairy.  And the Fairy took the Velveteen Rabbit to where several rabbits ran and hopped about.  Soon they were all great friends.

Time went by.  The Boy came back from the shore, all better now. 


Part 4: Together Again

One day, the Boy went to the backyard to play.  From the trees nearby, a few rabbits hopped out.  One rabbit was brown all over, and another one was all white.  A third rabbit was brown with spots that were still darker brown, though most of them faded.  That rabbit hopped up close to the Boy.

Velveteen Rabbit

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

What he didn't know was this was his very own Bunny, come back to see the boy. For he was the reason the Velveteen Rabbit had become Real.




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Think & Share Questions --- Scroll Down to see what Other Kids have to Say!

Question 1: The Boy had to say goodbye to Velveteen Rabbit. Tell about a time when you had to leave behind something or someone that you loved.

Question 2: Velveteen Rabbit came back to the Boy at the end. Tell about a time when something came back to you that you loved.

Posted in Bedtime Stories, England, Europe, STORIES FOR KIDS, World Tales.


  1. This is a very interesting story and if one of my loved ones or loved things was lost I would be very sad and would try to find it.

  2. I love this book. I mean my teacher inspired me to see this book. I love these ones, my mom reads these books to me. I love the you also inspired to read this. I’m gonna tell my friend about about you. You are the best stories place on YouTube. I’m not trying to be mean but my mom is a better reader than you.

  3. The saddest day was when I had to say goodbye to my mom forever. I didnt know how I was to go on without her. I was sad every single day. Then one day, the following summer, a cardinal appeared at my bird feeder. I never got a cardinal in past summers, but this time I did. I would sit and watch this cardinal and for some reason, it helped with my sadness. I heard that when a cardinal appears, that is a loved one lost coming to see you. Yes, I believe it was my mom. I look forward to seeing my cardinal each and every day.

  4. I have a connection. I used to have a little blue blanket i played with it all the time! Sometimes i could not go to sleep without it! This whole story reminded me of blanket. This story brings me joy, memories and the things i love most.

    Thank you for this story!!!????

  5. thanks for this great story, just read it to my gf after she woke up and she’s fast asleep again, loved it and it sends a great message to kids

  6. First, this story is very very interesting ❤❤??
    Next, thank you so much since you help me and my family ? enjoy our time ❤ ??
    So, I wish you made more interesting stories ????

  7. A time a had to leave something behind was Mario Party 10. I had left my game Mario Party 10 behind when I went to visit my Grandmother. I was playing a lot of games and missed placed my Mario 10. When I got ready to leave to come home I could not find Mario 10. I had to leave it behind because it was misplaced.

    A time when something came back to me that I loved was when I had a game that I liked and trade it in for another game. I thought I was done playing it. I wanted to get it again to play. My Mom surprised me with the game that I had traded. I was very happy.

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