by Margery Williams (HarperCollins Sydney 1996, first published in 1922 by Vermillion USA)
(This particular edition has been beautifully illustrated by Donna Green.)
peace with ourselves
recommended and available in many different versions
This timeless story for all ages to enjoy and share together contains many of he defined peace-building elements:
The story, though, is particularly about the meaning of life, and what is important. The Velveteen Rabbit learnt what it means to become real. By being loved by a small boy and becoming shabby and dirty as a result, the toy earned his right to become real, yet as the story unfolded, we learnt there was more involved with becoming real than the rabbit first was aware. Unlike many of his nursery companions, who had springs and working parts, the rabbit had no hind legs, so when he was presented with the opportunity to run about like other rabbits did, he feared he was unable to do so. But being loved by the boy as much as the rabbit was allowed for some incredible magic to occur.
The happy ending in this story is especially heart-warming.
The Velveteen Rabbit lived happily ever after once he became real.
The boy became an adult yet never forgot his special rabbit.
The rabbit learned to appreciate that becoming real can take a lifetime, and it did involve getting hurt. Becoming real doesn't happen to people who..
"break easily, or have sharp edges or who have to be carefully kept."
One must endure and be patient.
A child's love makes us real.
Read stories created by year 6 students at Pulteney Grammar. Along with the help of their year 3 peer support partner, who each brought along to school their own special toy, they created stories that explored the meaning of the world REAL. Interpretations were varied and interesting.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation February 2005