Friday Favorites with Dottie: Dottie's Favorite Book

One of my favorite things about living with Momma Dot is story time. Every night after dinner, we sit by the fire and read each other stories. I love story time because it allows me to create new memories with Momma Dot, but it also lets me pull some of my favorite childhood stories from the bookshelf. Yesterday, as we were reading by the fire, I came across one of my old childhood favorites: The Velveteen Rabbit. It’s such a beautiful story, probably one of my all-time favorites, but man is it a tear-jerker.

 If you’ve never read The Velveteen Rabbit, I certainly recommend it. It’s about a child who receives a small rabbit as a present for Christmas. As time goes on, the boy forgets the velveteen rabbit for a while. He plays with all his new toys, the shiny, updated, and unbroken ones. The rabbit, shabby and sewn, is captivated by the love the boy gives the new boy, and wishes to be loved as much as the new toys. However, an old and wise toy tells the rabbit that realness cannot be ugly, that realness occurs at one’s shabbiest. The boy eventually begins to play with the rabbit again, and well, I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will warn you: Grab some tissues. Although this book is made for children, even as a bigger bird, it’s still one of my all-time favorites.

After I recovered from the sniffles induced by this childhood classic, I stood on my tippy toes to reach the book that just so happened to be perched on the very top shelf. The picture book toppled over my head and landed with a soft thud on the straw-nest floor. I brushed off the dust and looked with enchantment at another one of my favorites, Blacksburg A to Z. Every time I crack open the book my head flutters with excitement, there are so many of my favorite places! Blacksburg A to Z is bursting with nostalgia and memories from living in Blacksburg and being a part of the wonderful Hokie Community. Momma Dot read me a few pages before I drifted off to sleep with dreams adventures in my dear hometown, Blacksburg, Virginia.

If you’re a bookworm like me, I’d highly suggest checking out these nostalgia-inducing books. Momma Dot agrees. If you haven’t read them, give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.


Until next time Hokies.





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