The Velveteen Rabbit: Love Can Make You Real

Lovely narrative-and-song release retells story.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A familiar message about the power of love.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lovely, warm narrative-and-song collection is a totally satisfying listening experience appropriate for kids of any age. It's nominated for a 2008 Grammy.

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What's the story?

The beloved children's book, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, comes to life in a new audio version that will appeal to fans of all ages. Narrated with friendly warmth by Janina Serden, LOVE CAN MAKE YOU REAL includes a collection of songs that perfectly complement the well-known story.

Is it any good?


Composer Don Sebesky's music and Gloria Nissenson's lyrics are performed by skilled singers and musicians Emily Bindiger, Ron Marshall, Terry Textor, and Donna Vivino. Their expressive but understated show-tune style creates a tasteful, mellow ambience that is also varied enough to keep listeners awake clear through to the end of the tale. A masterful interplay of music and storytelling, Love Can Make You Real is a must for anyone who counts The Velveteen Rabbit among his or her favorite books.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the question posed by the Velveteen Rabbit: Does love make you real? If not, what does? And if so, why? Do you think the musical segments add to the story as you remember it being read to you? Maybe you could make up songs for one of your other favorite stories.

Music details

Artists:Don Sebesky, Gloria Nissenson, Janina Serden
Release date:September 17, 2007
Label:Brown Barn Productions
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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