As a boy I had several toys that I made real in the same way that the Velveteen Rabbit became real. At least they were real to me as a boy. So I always had a special connection to the boy and his rabbit in this story.
I know that some people never make this type of emotional connection with toys as children. I think I always wonder about them a little. Because when I listen to this story and remember the times I played with toys made real by love as a child, the magic of those times comes back, just a little, and I can feel the wonder of pure imagination once more.
Its one of the things that makes me want to share these stories with people now that I'm a grownup child.