The Lonely Doll

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Once there was a little doll. Her name was Edith. She lived in a nice house and had everything she needed except someone to play with. She was lonely! Then one morning Edith looked into the garden and there stood two bears! Since it was first published in 1957, The Lonely Doll has established itself as a unique children's classic. Through innovative photography Dare Wright brings the world of dolls to life and entertains us with much more than just a story. Edith, the star of the show, is a doll from Wright's ...

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Overview

Once there was a little doll. Her name was Edith. She lived in a nice house and had everything she needed except someone to play with. She was lonely! Then one morning Edith looked into the garden and there stood two bears! Since it was first published in 1957, The Lonely Doll has established itself as a unique children's classic. Through innovative photography Dare Wright brings the world of dolls to life and entertains us with much more than just a story. Edith, the star of the show, is a doll from Wright's childhood, and Wright selected the bear family with the help of her brother. With simple poses and wonderful expressions, the cast of characters is vividly brought to life to tell a story of friendship.

A little doll named Edith lives in a nice house and has everything she needs except someone to play with, until two bears arrive to be her friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The story of Edith, the lonely doll, was first published in 1957. When Mr. Bear and Little Bear show up at her door, Edith hopes she'll never be alone again. Then she and Little Bear misbehave and Mr. Bear spanks them both, but all ends happily. Ages 2-8.
New York Times
Remembering a good many coy atrocities, this ready usually shied away from photographic stories of dolls and other toys. There is, however, something very disarming about Edith, the lonely doll, and her companions, the patriarchal Mr. Bear and Little Bear. Edith with her unconventional face, her pony-tail hair-do, her cunningly arranged poses has personality and paradoxically, although she is all doll, she seems in these photographs, lifelike, too. Little girls will undoubtedly recognize their own moods in hers: her rainy-day crossness, her innocent mischief (dressing up in grown-up finery and lipstick), her contrition and final relief when all is forgiven. One suspects too that real-life little girls will go on making up new adventures for Edith. - New York Times - October 13, 1957
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395901120
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 296,313
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Dare Wright was born in Canada and raised in the United States. She started her career as a photographer's fashion model, then went around to the other side of the camera and became a highly successful freelance photographer. Her photographs appeared in such magazines as TOWN AND COUNTRY, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, VOGUE, and HARPER'S BAZAAR. She created several books about Edith and her friends, including the classic favorites The Lonely Doll and Edith and Mr. Bear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Love the Nook Read to me version!

    This is such a sweet book, i remember it from being a kid... Always loved the photography. The nook book with the sweet narration makes it really nice for the kids, they can read the book anytime they want even when I'm making dinner.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    Definately Had to Read These Lonely Doll Books to My Child, too

    With Sputnick fortunately, my parents were among those that listened about children needing a storybook time at bedtime and books around to read. Although trips to the library are good, it's also great to reread some favorites as a fun way to not only gain control of the language but open up conversation.<BR/><BR/>Now, most children don't even have meals with the parents and instead of books are on a regimen of 24 hours of television and one in their own room by age 8. I'm not anti-television, but too much of a good thing is bad. Fortunately, we always had an alotment of television time. Some of the healthiest kids in this neighborhood, came from a foreign family where the dad found work at a local international company. The parents said they kept the television in their room and let the kids see one children's movie a week and that was it. Surely they could have afforded mroe, but instead of depriving them, it opened up time for more play, play with children from the neighborhood and at the park, and case in point story telling, not mention getting the idea on chores early on. <BR/><BR/>Learning to take care of books is a lesson in itself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    Childhood Memories and Beautiful Pictures

    My neighbor gave me two of the Lonely Doll Books when I was about 5 or 6 and I read them every night, I remember looking at the pictures and they made me feel as if I were with them--a great childhood memory--I still have my original books for my 22 year old daughter. I read them to her when she was small and she loved them too. Please keep selling them so little girls can have great memories of reading a wonderful story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    Such a Memory Book

    My mother bought me the Lonely Doll learns a Lesson when I was 7. She passed away when I was young and I always held onto this book. I just found out there are others! I never knew this, now I want all of them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Wonderful Story

    I was about 5 or 6 when I first picked this book up at the local library. My mother would later purchase it, it would become one of my favorite childhood books. Moving so often I lost or misplaced it. I am thrilled to see this book back. Who could forget when Doll and Little Bear get into the makeup and draw all over the mirror. Thanks for the republish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    My Most Beloved Childhood Book

    I had been looking for this book for approximately ten years when a literary review magazine featured the author. Until that time, I could not remember the title of the book or its author. I RAN to the computer only to find it was indeed back in print and showed a picture of the book. It felt like Christmas morning to see that beloved pink and white gingham cover with Edith on the front! I was overjoyed and ordered several copies for myself as well as my nieces. This series of books by this author has haunted me until I was able to discover the author and found it available yesterday. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for bringing it back!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    My Childhood favorite

    This book was given to me many years ago by a favorite Uncle. I saved it and treausred it and read ot to my girls who now treasue it. It's been brought to countless read alouds at various schools and always loved. I am thrilled to see it re released!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    James's Review

    Lonely Doll is the best novel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2001

    Mother, Daughter, Grandaughter

    I bought this book to read to my young daughters, and now my oldest daughter is reading it to my 2-year old granddaughter. many thanks, for many wonderful hours of reading and learning. Judy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2001

    Nostalgia

    While riding the subway one morning my eye caught glimpse of a little girl and her mother sharing a book. No, the fact that they were reading did not peak my interest but the pink and white gingham cover of the book that so fascinated this little girl. The hair on the back of my neck stood on end. Could it be, the book I so cherished as a child? Yes, indeed, there was the lonely doll gracing the book's cover with her presence as only Edith could do. That evening I raced to the book store to order my own copy like the one I had as a child. The book arrived just a short time later. It was like opening the last Christmas present on Christmas morning. My original copy has been worn and tattered from years of use and was given to goodwill. My hope was that the young girl that received that book would get a much pleasure from it as did I. Now, I am blessed with my very own copy again. It rests on my night stand, just like when I was five, and Edith over me as I sleep. Never again will I be lonely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Favorite Classic

    This book is absolutely wonderful! I love the photographs and the story. The 'Read to Me' version is delightful to listen to. I can't wait to share it with my granddaughter. This book is a must buy classic.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    This is a wonderful edition of The Lonely Doll. Along with Dare

    This is a wonderful edition of The Lonely Doll. Along with Dare Wright's amazing photographs and sweet story you now have Virginia McKenna's lovely voice bringing Edith and Little Bear to life. I have always loved the book from the time I was a little girl and the wistful photography is amazing. It always made me want to have an Edith and Little Bear of my own to take care of. Check the ebook out, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Wonderful book - you must add to your NOOK

    This read to me is wonderful and your child (young and young at heart) will love it!

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Fabulous book - check it out.

    Wonderful book - you will love the pictures and the message for children.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

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    For doll lovers young and old(er)....

    really sweet classic story. Beautiful pictures.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    A Must Read Classic!

    This was one of my favorite books growing up, and now I can share it with my Granddaughters in a medium that is "current"! Love the narration! So many wonderful memories surrounding a childhood classic! Look forward to the other wonderful books by Dare Wright!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    A Children's Masterpiece of Literature

    I am sooo thrilled this series of books has been re-issued. I fondly remember reading this book & the rest of them as a little child many years ago. They gently teach lessons along with the beautiful, imaginative photos that bring alive the world of dolls for every little girl. A little girl overheard me in the bookstore talking about it to my friend and immediately selected the book to read; She loved the pictures too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2001

    Cruel Mama's Revenge

    I was forced to read this book to a little girl when I was her nanny -- on the insistence of her mom - who had 'loooooved' the book when she was little. I found it unsettling (the pictures are particularly 'unfriendly') and abusive -- I certainly disagreed with the doll being spanked - for being lonely.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2001

    I Loved this book and so did my two girls

    I can remember reading this book in the library in elementary school (in the 1960's)!. I found this book again when I had children. Maybe it is the imagery that Dare Wright provides with the pictures in the story or maybe it is about a little girl that gets into things she should not get into but... I loved the story! My 16 year old daughter recently cleaned out her closet and accidentally threw out the book. I have to find the book again and purchase it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

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