Middle Grade, ages 8-12- Easter Story- The Girl Behind the Magic
Treasured for generations, this classic and beloved children’s story is reworked with native fairies, scary zombies and transforming magic. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922) is seamlessly retold by A.R. Jung in this enchanting tale about blossoming self esteem. A toy rabbit comes to life through the love of a child. In addition to her stylistic adaptations, Jung’s story line loosely follows the animated film-The First Easter Rabbit (1976) narrated by Burl Ives, which explains the Easter Bunny’s origin. This is the story of the Easter Bunny’s childhood.
“Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old, wise and experienced like the Unicorn Rocking Horse understand all about it.”
– The Velveteen Rabbit
Like the Unicorn, Jung understands how toys-and people-become real through the wisdom and experience of both giving and receiving love. A modern classic written to inspire even the most reluctant readers- both boys and girls alike!
This is a great story about love and friendship. Such a great message when the world needs more of this. Also the writer does a great job with descriptive imagery. Great read for sure, Well done!
I feel like this story is such a fun and imaginative retelling of the Velveteen Rabbit along with an enchanting twist on the Easter Bunny origin story. I loved the beautiful detailing in this book and the creative spirit. It was perfect to read with Easter coming up! It reminded me once again what it really means to be REAL.