"The Velveteen Principles" book set Review & GIVEAWAY!!



A few months back, I had my niece over for the night. Tell me a story she says when all curled up in bed. By this she means a  good old fashioned, off the top of my head stories - no books will do. Favorites include"The Three Little Pigs" and "The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Velveteen Rabbit". 

Childhood memories came flooding back. Made some memories for them :)

Ju took a real interest in the Velveteen Rabbit. In my searching for a velveteen rabbit for Julien's Easter basket, I came upon "The Velveteen Principles".

Author Toni Raiten-D'Antonio distilled the lessons to be learned from the children's story and complied them into twelve principles that when applied, guide us to what is real within our selves.

In a stressful world that is often superficial this book offers a simple escape into an authentic self where life can blossom and wisdom can bear fruit. 

The most wonderful possible outcome, is that when we ourselves become real, those around us might glean the real life from us. Our children, husbands, family and friends. If not, learning the principles will give you the tools to be your true self, leaving behind the need to be influenced by others.

There was a time when...
A little stuffed rabbit felt lonely and insecure.
A wise old horse knew that love could make a toy real.
A cozy spot in bed was enough to warm the heart.
A good book could make the world a better place.
You knew who you really were and what you really valued.
A simple truth could change everything.

It's easy to lose our way. It's easy to forget the simple joys of life. But with the help of a wise old skin horse and a sawdust-filled bunny, The Velveteen Principles will set you back on the course to Real, and remind you that Real isn't how you are made, it's something inside of you.

This book honors the person you were meant to be. It is the gift of Real. And once you are Real, things will never be the same....

A casual reading would lead anyone to conclude that Margery Williams had written a charming, kind, and sentimental story. But The Velveteen Rabbit is much more than a heartfelt tale. It is a classic parable, with the subtle power to provoke our deepest desires and inspire reflection. It reminds us of basic truths about what we all long for in our hearts. The book, The Velveteen Principles , honors the Williams classic by interpreting its message as an inspiration for life in our time.

I must tell you that this book is not a confusing maze of psycho - babble, with unnatural steps you must memorize and conform to. It's more like a gentle companion that points out the obvious wisdom in a child's classic that that probably goes unnoticed by most who are captivated by it's charming story. 



WIN IT!!

HCI Books and author Toni Raiten-D'Antonio would like to offer two of my readers this wonderful companion guide to becoming real! Two winners will receive the "Velveteen Collection" a two book set including the original "The Velveteen Rabbit" and "The Velveteen Principles". 

MAIN ENTRY:

Visit the The Velveteen Principles and tell me something valuable that you learned and why you would like to own the collection.

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Giveaway will end on July 16h at 11 :59 pm EST. Winner will be selected using Random .org. I will email the winner & you will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner . Please remember to leave me your email address if it is not visible on your profile so that I can contact you if you win. Good luck to everyone :)))

118 comments

Natalie Jane said...

I love that one of the priciples is Real is Generous. I want my 3 year old to learn to share!

Pam said...

As much as I love The Velveteen Rabbit, I never ever thought of it this way. In the Velveteen principles, one of the biggest is that "becoming Real meant learning to be truly himself and not a version of something he thought he was supposed to be."

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gahome2mom said...

#9: Real Can Be Painful

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I have always liked the Velveteen Rabbit but don't own one of the books. Thanks.

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

I learned this: Real is fully accepting and embracing all of who you are. It means learning to love yourself and others specifically, and not generically. A lot of people think they love someone because they fit a generic definition of an ideal man or woman. I think this is why a lot of people are unhappy with themselves and their relationships.


I think it's very true and this book sounds amazing. I'd love to check it out.

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another title i'd love to read would be the Teen Ink collection.

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one frugal lady said...

I would love to win this for my children, because I had some velveteen books when I was a kid! With that said, I found out that the story was published in 1922, very awesome! What a wonderful book to keep in the family!
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cqueen2 said...

I would love my kids to be able to read the whole collection but mostly the Real is Emotional book!!
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Cairine said...

I never read the Velveteen Rabbit but would love to have a book for my nephew that teaches him it's okay to be an individual, to be true to oneself.

Melissa said...

I like the idea that an old fashioned story can remind us a really good moral or rule to live our lives by. Its time to return to basics when raising our babies.

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Meredith said...

Real is Honest. Is something that we all need to reminded of.

valerie2350 said...

#10: Real is Flexible

Makes life so much more enjoyable :)

this sounds like it would be great to read again and again

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marybelle said...

Real is possible. I want my children to believe that they can do, they can succeed. I would love these books for them to relate to all the principles.

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amanda said...

The website showed me what the 13 principles of being REAL are, and I like most that it's a process.

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I'd also like to read "I Don't Know what I want but I want to be happy"
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ossmcalc said...

I loved reading the Velveteen Rabbit to my daughter when she was little. I would love to win "The Velveteen Principles" book set because these books offers a safe and steady course toward peace, self-acceptance and true love. At this point in my life, I could really use this guidance.

Thank you,

Christine

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I would also enjoy "The Ultimate Teacher."

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janetfaye said...

The Velveteen Principles is a guide to becoming Real-Real with ourselves, Real with our hopes and desires, Real with the people we love, and Real with everyone else, too.

I would love to win this so that I can share it with my grandson.

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HODGEPODGESPV said...

The Velveteen Principles will set you back on the course to Real, and remind you that Real isn't how you are made, it's something inside of you

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MJ said...

I've always loved this book.

I love "Real is Ethical". I wish more people understood this principle.


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The Dreamer said...

I always loved this book and love how they boil down the meanings. Especially "It's easy to forget the simple joys of life!" So true!

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dctm said...

I learned that the Velveteen Principles can help you discover and develop your Real self, live with empathy and establish satisfying relationships. I would love to have this to share with my son.

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Irene said...

One of the Velveteen Principles is Empathy. I would like my son to learn this principle.

Irene said...

I'm interested in "Stop Second-Guessing Yourself--The Toddler Years"

EllyBean said...

I'm interested in the Real is Emotional book.

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Shelly said...

I like the whole idea - once you are Real, things will never be the same. That is reminder I need often!

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Creative Mom said...

It's about becoming real with ourselves even though it can be hard at times. My son would love these books.

1955nurse said...

This is one of my ALL - TIME favorite books! I would LOVE to win this and give it to my Grandson! One of the things to be learned from 'Velveteen Rabbit' is that when you become real, it DOES hurt sometimes, but it's important to get thru it, because it's worth it!

1955nurse said...

I STILL can't read this book w/out tearing up! (Velveteen rabbit, that is!) Another book I'd love to read (to my Grandson) is 'Purr more, hiss less' - sounds like good advice :)

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Chelise said...

I always love books with themes of "learning to be yourself". I hope my daughter will be happy to be who she is.

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cdziuba said...

What I learned is that personal integrity is so important, you must always be yourself.

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taulya said...

To remember to enjoy the simple things in life.

Linda said...

Real is possible!!

Kimberly said...

I learned what it means to be real - what a lovely set of books for kids. I would love to win these!
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I'd love the book "Stop second guessing yourself - The Toddler Years"
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Emily C said...

I just read the book The Accidental Tourist, and it gave me a kick in the pants to not just let myself sit idle while life happens.

This book sounds like it would give plenty of motivation. "And the qualities that make us Real help us to connect with others and live in a more engaged, appreciative and deeply satisfying way."

Darcy said...

I like that "#10: Real is Flexible " - with kids you really need to learn to be flexible or you'll just drive yourself crazy! I would love to win this for my daughter because I love the Velveteen Rabbit and she loves bunnies!

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Amy said...

I think it is important to be Real with hope and desires.
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Badger Momma said...

Amazing. I remember reading The Velveteen Rabbit from my childhood, but I didn't remember that the book was focused on various principles. It was that long ago. lol I love that one of the big principles is to remember the things that make us unique, happy and worthy of love. I think that's a message for all of us!

Badger Momma said...

I'd love the Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook. Sounds interesting and I've never seen it on the shelf before.

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fashionfrugality said...

I would love to own the collection because they are beautiful books & my mom always read them to me when I was little.

I love #11: Real Love Endures. So true!!
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tina said...

i loved the velveteen rabbit growing up and am looking forward to sharing it with my kids thanks so much for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com my favorite principle was Real is Generous

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Renee said...

"Real is different for everyone, just as life's meaning is different for everyone, too."

I loved this book and movie when I was young. I'd like to win this and share it with my daughter; a piece of my childhood becomes a piece of hers!

Laureen said...

I learned that the Velveteen Rabbit was first published in 1922 and that the book's message was about learning to be truly oneself and not a version of something one thinks he/she is supposed to be. My girls and I could definitely use a reinforcement of this message as my girls are school-aged and are facing the challenges of influences from other kids. Thanks!

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The qualities that make us real connect us with others. I would love to have this set for my grandson.

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Another book, Chicken Soup for the American Idol.

Tylerpants said...

I learned that "Once you are Real, and you know that everything you say and do matters to others, you can also understand that we each leave a mark on the world that remains long after we're gone.". How beautiful! I'd love my for son to learn these principles!

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Chicken Soup for the Little Souls sounds like a wonderful book!

Liz said...

I valued where the author said once we are real we will leave a mark behind once we are gone. I always hope I leave a good mark.

I would love the gift set because as a child The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my favorite stories. I had not thought of the story this wayand would love to share it with my kids.

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Jess said...

I didn't know that Worlman's World reviewed this in 2005. I love that magazine & pick it up every chance I get!

My husband & I got married in November of 2008 & our wedding reading was from The Velveteen Rabbit.

..."It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."


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trixpixel said...

I learned that becoming Real is based on our individuality, Real is different for everyone, just as life's meaning is different for everyone, too. This would be lovely for my little girl who would enjoy these books!

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