a book from my childhood

"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get 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."

If you were ever a child who believed that her dolls and stuffed animals were alive in their own little world and loved them with all of your little heart then you'd understand why this book has remained so special to me.

It brings alive childhood memories of talking to my Cabbage Patch doll, a stuffed bear and a stuffed rabbit. I remember how I used to worry that they might be feel cold at night that I'd cover them up with a blanket to make sure they'd be okay. ;)

Of course, this book goes deeper than childhood games and imagination. The story delves into one of our most innate wishes: to be loved and to be accepted for who we are by the people who matter most to us.