Picks and Pans Review: The Velveteen Rabbit

updated 04/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Margery Williams

The first children's book by Williams—the author of The Hurdy-Gurdy Man and A Street of Little Shops—this charming tale was first published in England in 1922 and has been in print ever since, but has now been beautifully revitalized thanks to Michael Hague's lively, colorful illustrations. They enhance, as the drawings in previous editions have not always done, Williams' story about a stuffed bunny, his nursery neighbor the philosophical Skin Horse, and the little boy whose love makes them both "real." While "children's classic" is probably a too loosely used term, this book deserves that kind of praise as much as any other. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $11.50)

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