When all the humans went away...
All of Michael's other toys came out to inspect the newcomer...
(TOYS surround VELVETEEN RABBIT.)
Wull, I declare, it's a buh buh bunny.
So what's your gimmick, Rabbit?
You know, what do you do? I wind up like this!
(CYMBAL MONKEY shows how he
And I take children on a mission to outer space! Pow!
Right to the moon!
I surprise people like this!
(Uses party favor horn or popgun
toy into VELVETEEN RABBIT'S ear, scaring him.)
I guess I don't have a gimmick.
That's no good. Look at me! I've got rhythm!
(TIN SOLDIER taps his drum with gusto.)
I've got a heart full of love!
(RAGGEDY ANNE clasps hands over
"throbbing" heart to indicate the exaggerated beating of
And I still got this dern tail.
(PIN-THE-TAIL-DONKEY holds up
I don't have anything I guess. I'm just made of sawdust.
Just then the great Skin Horse appeared.
Magical sound then SKIN HORSE music.
TOYS gasp and stand back as SKIN
HORSE enters. TOYS drop their heads in respect.
SKIN HORSE whinnies. He
steps high and takes a few steps back and forth across the stage
showing himself off. He poses grandly as his music ends.
SOUND CUE ENDS.)
I have heard of your arrival, Velveteen Rabbit. I have come to
The Velveteen Rabbit noticed that the Skin Horse was very old and
his leather coat was worn and faded.
He had lost most of his tail...
And his eyes were just loose buttons...
But the other toys loved him and respected him above all others.
Because only the Skin Horse was Real.
Is it true, Skin Horse? That you have become Real?
It is true.
When a child loves you, not just to play with but really loves you,
then you become Real.
But how do I make a child love me?
Oh, you can't make a child love you. And you can't rush them
at all. It takes time. Lots of time.
I don't know if I can wait.
Tune of "Away in a Manger"; [short intro].)
You're anxious, dear Rabbit
For life to begin
You hope that the nursery
Will grant you Real skin
Your fuzz and your sawdust
Will turn magically
But you must be patient
And live hopefully.
Music fades to allow the next line.)
But how can I have hope? I don't wind up like a Monkey.
I don't have a gimmick. (Looks
I don't even have hind legs. How can it ever happen to me?
SKIN HORSE: (Singing.)
We all have our gimmicks
We all have our doubts
We all love the children
Who live in our house
But we are just playthings
Arranged on the floor
Until someone loves us
We can't expect more.
(Wiping a tear
with his tail.)
That was buh&ldots; buh&ldots; beautiful.
Michael's Uncle Archie made me Real many years ago. Once you
become Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.
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