The conceit of toys with rich internal lives has entertained generations from Pinocchio to Toy Story, but none as beautifully as The Velveteen Rabbit. Seemingly written for dance, this 1922 children's story is overflowing with tender, lyrical wistfulness and dynamic transformation: A humble stuffed rabbit, surrounded by superior mechanical toys “full of modern ideas,” is taught about the power of love by a rickety old toy horse. Does it hurt? Sometimes. Does it happen all at once? By the time you are real, explains the ever-truthful Skin Horse, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.