The Velveteen Rabbit

When a young boy gets a beautiful velveteen rabbit for a gift, he plays with his new toy for a while, but in all the excitement of opening presents, he forgets about it. But only temporarily. How the rabbit comes to be loved by the boy and finally comes to life is a classic story that has been read and cherished by many generations of children and their parents.

Margery Williams (1881-1944) was born in London and spent most of her life in London and the United States. She was the author of several adult books, and received the Newbery Honor for her young adult novel, Winterbound, but she is best known for The Velveteen Rabbit, her first and much-loved children's book. Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic . His lush, detailed watercolors have earned him a dedicated following and a reputation as one of America's foremost illustrators of books for children. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.