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The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

Listen to an excerpt from this classic children’s novel. If you enjoy the beginning, you may want to read the whole book. It is short and sweet and contains an important message for children of all ages. If you have a reading group or a learning partner, this is a good book to read together.


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splendid (adjective): very nice
bunchy (adjective): sewn together in bunches (material)
wedge (verb): to place tightly between two things
charming (adjective): attractive in appearance and or manner
snub (verb): to look down on someone; to think you are better than another
rustling (noun): a dry crackling sound caused by movement of objects such as paper or leaves
a long succession (noun): a number of similar things or people that follow one another in order

Comprehension Questions
1. Describe the rabbit.
2. When is the story set?
3. Where did the boy find the rabbit?
4. Describe the Skin Horse.
5. What question does the rabbit ask the Skin Horse?

Discuss or Write
1. How do you think the Skin Horse will respond?
2. This story was written in 1922. How have toys changed since this time?
3. Tell your partner or class about a special toy or object you had as a child. Why did it mean so much to you?

Speaking Practice
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The Velveteen Rabbit (also called How Toys Become Real), written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson, was published in 1922.
Read by Tara Benwell.

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