This story has been around since 1922, although I’m not sure there’s many a child who has not heard it. It is so loved that generation after generation has passed it along.
The Velveteen Rabbit was written by Margery Williams, and published by the George H. Doran publishing company (now through business higgeldy piggeldy is part of the Knopf Publishing house) in 1922 and has been republished many times.
Margery Williams was born in London, England in 1881,
and passed in New York City in 1944.
Throughout her young life, she was encouraged to read and use her imagination, which led her to a love of writing. At the age of seven, her father passed. Critics say this had led her to always add sadness and loss undertones to her stories. But in her views, those themes were there to illustrate that hearts acquire greater humanity through pain and adversity.
She wrote that life is a process of constant change—there are departures for some and arrivals for others—and the process allows us to grow and persevere.