Margery Williams, (2004). The Velveteen Rabbit. Double Day & Company, INC. To begin with, literature presented to children in the 1900s had a deep instructional, moral, and religious base to them. There were little entertainment and enjoyment presented to children from reading these stories. However, The Velveteen Rabbit expresses itself in an imaginary fashion. Children in this time period were brainwashed to believe what society wanted them to believe. This story changes that philosophy by giving the child a steering wheel, allowing them to think and feel the story in many viewpoints.
For instance, one could argue that the rabbits in the forest were being defensive not rude when the velveteen rabbit appeared. I also believe children in the 1900s will gravitate to this novel because of the illustrations. This time period was accustomed to illustrations that together with the text, helped to refresh children’s minds on what the setting, plot, and main characters are. Furthermore, this novel has a central theme demonstrating the importance of a child and their favorite toy.
When children read a piece of literature they need elements they can draw comparisons to their real-life experiences. Children who role play with their toys coming to life in the real world, may find interest in seeing this same type of interaction take place in a book. Children in the 1900s wanted the opportunity to read a topic that has a peaceful mood transitioned, not a story composed of life lessons. Much of the literature taught to children in the past was engulfed with instructional and religious themes that were forcefully instructed.
Moreover, I believe that this novel would interest both children of the 1990s and today because the language used is very basic and easy to decipher. I noticed explicitly that the author had intentions to repeat certain words and phrases to make it more comprehensible. The story is also short and to the point. This feature is very important considering the small attention to detail and overall attention span of early childhood generations. In addition, I felt the hefty size and number of illustrations used were just as important as the text itself to communicate more effectively with children in the 20th century.
As mentioned earlier, the topic of toys coming to life was and still is an entertaining topic for children in the 20th and 21st century. For example, the screenings of Toy Story 3 not only hit theaters in 2010 but had enormous success. Likewise, children of both centuries will draw connections and similarities to this story because one of the main characters of focus is a young boy in early grade school. This quick and dirty trick is what the author uses to lure in specific reading types, all to make this story an instant classic for generations to come.