Below is the second part of "The Velveteen Rabbit ."
His mother goes outside in the rain with her flashlight. She searches in the darkness until she stumbles over the rabbit in the grass. The poor rabbit
is very wet. She tucks the velveteen rabbit under her arm and hurries back inside to the little boy.
She gives the little boy the rabbit and says, "Please be careful where you leave your toys."
"My rabbit is not a toy! He is my friend. He is real," the little boy says. The boy hugs the velveteen rabbit and his mother smiles at the two friends.
The velveteen rabbit is cold and dripping with water, but he does not mind at all. This has been the happiest night of his life. The little boy loves him!
At the end of a perfect summer, the little boy's family goes on a long trip. The velveteen rabbit watches the family pack. He's excited to go on another
adventure with the little boy. But then they drive away! The little boy has forgotten to pack the velveteen rabbit.
The velveteen rabbit begins to cry. His teardrops roll off his fluffy cheek and fall to the ground. In the same spot a beautiful magical flower grows.
The flower holds a fairy who sweetly says to the velveteen rabbit, "Hello, dear rabbit, your love for the boy has earned you the right to become real!"
"Wasn't I real already?" asks the rabbit.
"Only to the boy. Now, I will make you real to
everyone!" Suddenly the rabbit takes a little hop, then he hops again, and again! He jumps over flowers and rocks. He plays with other rabbits in the woods. He nibbles on sweet lettuce from the garden.
When the little boy returns home from his long trip, he runs to the woods to play. He meets a rabbit who looks very familiar. The rabbit is not like all the other little rabbits in the woods who quickly scurry away when they see the little boy.
This rabbit hops right up to the boy as if to say hello. The boy kneels down and smiles at the friendly rabbit. "You remind me of my old friend, the velveteen rabbit," says the little boy. "Do you think we could be friends?" the little boy whispers to the rabbit. The rabbit wiggles his pink nose and the little boy laughs.
From that day on, the little boy always looks for the rabbit in the woods. The rabbit loves hopping over rocks and flowers. He likes playing with the other
rabbits that live in the woods. But he also loves the little boy. The rabbit will never forget the little boy's love and friendship, which made him real.