Imatge de l'autor

Margery Williams (1881–1944)

Autor/a de The Velveteen Rabbit

77+ obres 15,775 Membres 240 Ressenyes 8 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Author Margery Williams was born in London, England on July 22, 1881. She moved to the United States when she was nine-years-old and alternated between living in the United States and England for the rest of her life. She is best known for her thirty children's books, but she also wrote novels for mostra'n més adults and young adults. Her most popular works include The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Cecco: The Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Wooden Dog Who Was the Jolliest Toy in the House Until He Went Out to Explore the World, and The Little Wooden Doll. Her young adult book, Winterbound, was a runner-up for the 1937 Newbery Medal and was retroactively given the Newbery Honor award when it was established in 1971. She died on September 4, 1944 at the age of 63. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Portrait of Margery Williams by James Bolivar Manson, 1911

Obres de Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit (1922) 13,811 exemplars
Winterbound (1936) 72 exemplars
The Little Wooden Doll (1765) 47 exemplars
Tales from a Finnish Tupa (1936) — Joint Author., algunes edicions46 exemplars
Poor Cecco (1925) 28 exemplars
The Five-and-a-Half Club (1942) 24 exemplars
The New Five-and-a-Half Club (1951) 11 exemplars
A Street of Little Shops (1932) 11 exemplars
The Hurdy-Gurdy Man (1933) 8 exemplars
Airport Design (Design Books) (2005) 8 exemplars
Seven Silly Wise Men (1970) 7 exemplars
Bright morning, (1942) 7 exemplars
The Velveteen Rabbit (1987) 7 exemplars
The Thing in the Woods (2015) 6 exemplars
Forward, Commandos! (1947) 6 exemplars
The house that grew smaller (1931) 5 exemplars
The good friends (1934) 5 exemplars
Rufus, the fox (1937) 3 exemplars
Other People's Houses (1939) 3 exemplars
All About Pets (1938) 3 exemplars
The Adventures of Andy (1927) 3 exemplars
The Velveteen Rabbit [play] (1986) — Original story — 3 exemplars
The Candlestick 2 exemplars
The apple tree (1926) 2 exemplars
Franzi and Gizi (1941) 2 exemplars
The Late Returning 2 exemplars
The Price of Youth 2 exemplars
Velveteen Rabbit Abridged (2003) 2 exemplars
Poor Cecco 1 exemplars
More About Animals 1 exemplars
The Velveteen Rabbit Boardbook (2013) 1 exemplars
Spendthrift Summer 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (1945) — Col·laborador — 279 exemplars
The New Junior Classics Volume 07: The Animal Book (1938) — Col·laborador — 200 exemplars
The New Junior Classics Volume 06: Stories About Boys and Girls (1938) — Col·laborador — 187 exemplars
Best in Children's Books 10 (1958) 145 exemplars
Best in Children's Books 21 (1959) 83 exemplars
Best in Children's Books 06 (1958) 82 exemplars
Best in Children's Books 35 (1960) 72 exemplars
Best in Children's Books 19 (1959) 70 exemplars
Best in Children's Books 26 (1959) 67 exemplars
Best in Children's Books 10A (1963) 57 exemplars
The Velveteen Rabbit [2009 film] (2009) — Autor — 54 exemplars
A Golden Land (1958) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
3-Minute Stories: Bedtime Tales (2006) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
Best in Children's Books 19A (1967) 28 exemplars
Lisbeth Longfrock (1903) — Traductor, algunes edicions26 exemplars
Open the Door (1965) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Tales Out Of Dunwich (2004) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
The Velveteen Rabbit (Cherished Fairy Tales) (1995) — Original Author — 17 exemplars
The Velveteen Rabbit [1985 TV movie] (1985) — Original story — 8 exemplars
Vintage Christmas Tales: A Holiday Anthology (2022) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Sølve Suntrap ... Translated by Anna Barwell (1910) — Traductor, algunes edicions6 exemplars
Writing Books for Boys and Girls (1952) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions5 exemplars
The Velveteen Rabbit (Clay Classics) [2004 film] (2003) — Original book — 4 exemplars
Bruin's Midnight Reader (2021) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions3 exemplars
Juniper Farm, "Il était quatre petits enfants" — Traductor, algunes edicions3 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Williams, Margery
Altres noms
Bianco, Margery Williams
Williams, Margery Winifred
Bianco, Margery
Williams, Harper (pseudonym)
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
UK (birth)
USA (naturalized)
País (per posar en el mapa)
Lloc de naixement
London, England, UK
Lloc de defunció
New York, New York, USA
Llocs de residència
London, England, UK
New York, New York, USA
Pennsylvania, USA
Turin, Italy
Convent School, Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
children's book author
short story author
Bianco, Pamela (daughter)
Williams, Robert (father)
Premis i honors
Newbery Honor (1937)
Biografia breu
British-born Margery Winifred Williams moved with her parents to the USA in 1890. She became a professional writer at age 19. In 1904, on a visit to her English publisher, she met and married Francisco Bianco, an Italian living in London. The couple went to live in Turin, Italy, for many years. Margery eventually returned with her own family to the USA in 1921. She's best remembered today for The Velveteen Rabbit; or, How Toys Become Real. It became an instant classic and has been adapted many times as theater, radio, television, and animated films. In her final years, she interspersed writing novels for young adults with her children's books, and her daughter Pamela illustrated some of the works. Margery Willams won a Newbery Honor in 1937 for Winterbound.



Independent Reading Level: Grades 3-5
IRA/CBC Children's Choice award
LisaCook14 | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Dec 7, 2023 |
Meanwhile, back in my umpteenth childhood, another book I read for the first time...

This beautiful, classic children's story about a boy and his toy rabbit, who becomes Real, is sweet, sad, and magical.
Steven1958 | Hi ha 221 ressenyes més | Aug 23, 2023 |
#564 in our old book database. Not rated. Jan. 19, 1990.
villemezbrown | Hi ha 221 ressenyes més | May 9, 2023 |
#564 in our old book database. Not rated. Jan. 19, 1990.

I recall that I didn't much like this book the first time I read it decades ago, but I decided to give it another go when the 100th Anniversary edition turned up on NPR's list of best children's books of 2022 that I'm reading as one of my 2023 goals.

The art for this edition is by Erin Stead, and overall I do prefer her style over the art by William Nicholson in the edition that my family owns, but the muted colors and droopy characters radiate moroseness from the get-go and throughout the tale. And while her rabbit is fine, as drawn it doesn't really match the description in the text as to the stuffed animal's form and really doesn't look much different from its first appearance to its supposedly worn look near the end of the story.

The story and its mythology really irritate me, and I ranted to my wife for quite awhile last night after we read the book together. Here's a taste of it. For starters, I'm torn between the Skin Horse being a false prophet of a faux religion of Real created to distract from the actual revelations of the tale's end, or the Skin Horse being John the Baptist to the Velveteen Rabbit's Christ who is risen again to immortality and finally opening the way for all toys to Heaven on Earth. And if there are two levels of Real, are there more? Say, fifteen, perhaps, as in Scientology? Will the Velveteen Rabbit continue to transcend as he tires of immortality on Earth? Will watching all the real rabbits in his life die every nine years as he goes on and on without the sweet release of death push him to a new epiphany of Real (Level 3)? Or will another random fairy/angel just pop up in time to move the story/pilgrimage along? Meanwhile, what about China Dog, the boy's first beloved toy? Did he achieve either level of Real or is he stuck in some limbo? What sins weigh down the soul of the Skin Horse that he is denied the second level of Real? What inherent evil of the modern age prevents mechanical toys from being able to enter the realm of Real? Is Williams a Luddite or simply unable to progress due to crippling obsession with nostalgia?

Or is this all just an attempt to create a parent cover story for throwing away kids' toys? The family pet goes off to live on "a farm in the country" and all the missing toys are now frolicking in the forest with the real animals.

Anyhow, I still don't like this book.

(Another project! I'm trying to read all the picture books and graphic novels on the kids section of NPR's Books We Love 2022.)
… (més)
villemezbrown | Hi ha 221 ressenyes més | May 9, 2023 |



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