The Velveteen Rabbit

January 11, 2013

The Velveteen Rabbit

By Carter.

Do you remember The Velveteen Rabbit? I hope you had a copy as well loved and worn out as mine. Or maybe you had that one perfect lovey? (Mine was named Sunshine, and still lives in my home!) I think this sentiment at the heart of the story is absolutely beautiful. These words are at once charming and also deeply comforting, right? I love the idea that being loved carves out who we are and lasts forever and ever.

And I have fallen in love with this illustration by Emily McDowell. How sweet is his skinny ear flopping through the letter O? If you adore this one as much as I do, you can purchase it here in her shop.

P.S. — This series — illustrated quotes from children’s books — is a collaboration between Emily McDowell and myself. You can find the whole series here.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Annieg January 11, 2013 at 6:03 am

I’ve always heard how this book relates to adoption. Now I see, and I think I will need to buy it today.


2 Carter Higgins January 11, 2013 at 8:13 am

Oh, you’re right. That is so beautiful.


3 Sara @ What About Sara January 11, 2013 at 7:50 am

aah! this was the reading at our wedding! Must own this print.


4 Carter Higgins January 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

Love that!


5 Christa the BabbyMama January 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

I adore it. Just adore it. It makes me cry still every time!


6 Andrea January 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

I am loving this series! Beautiful.


7 Danielle January 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

One of my favorites! I think this one’s a must-have!!


8 Carter Higgins January 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm



9 engquist@see what i sea designs January 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I am so addicted to this series of prints! They are stunning but have been inspiring me so much in the studio and to read some of my favorite books again. Thanks for sharing!


10 mama lola January 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

the velveteen rabbit is the best. my dad used to read it to me and coke up. now, he reads it to my boys and gets choked up! sweet!


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