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Edith and Mr. Bear (A Lonely Doll Story) Hardcover – March 27, 2000

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About 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618003320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618003327
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dare Wright 1914-2001 was the author of "The Lonely Doll" and many other beloved children's books. Using her childhood doll, Edith, and two teddy bears, she illustrated the stories with her black and white photographs. Her website is at www.darewright.com.

Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2000
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As a young child I was waiting at the hospital to visit my Grandmother and someone had left this wonderful book outside on a picnic table. I looked through it as my uncle read it to me.Unlike all of my books at home, I could actually understand on my own what was going on. When it was time to leave, as it wasn't my book, I left it on that bench. I have spent the last 30 years trying to describe this doll to people so I could find her again. This was an important book to a small girl back then and an important book to this woman today. The photographs are so beautiful! Enjoy!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2000
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Like "A reader from Minnesota" (my old home state) I cannot count the number of times I checked the Lonely Doll books out of the library as a child. The pictures and stories have stuck with me my whole life and are some of my favorite childhood memories. I nearly wept with happiness when I found out these were coming back into print. I anxiously await the rest of the titles in the series!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bishop-Papile on February 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After having read many books in the Edith and Mr. Bear series as a child I was thrilled and overcome with extreme emotion to have found them again. Having two small girls of my own I hope they will love them as much as me and my twin sister did growing up. I also found two of my favorites (Edith and the Kitten, and Edith Learns and Lesson) on a rare books site, and quickly snatched them up. This time I will cherish them and hopefully I will be able to keep them for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. I've been searching for these books for over 4 years, my search is over. Thank You.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2001
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I too am so happy to see some of these books back in print to share with my daughter. Edith learns some important lessons in this story about the consequences of being untruthful and playing with matches. Learning important lessons isn't always easy and painless as she finds out. The important thing is that she has loving and caring guidance from Mr. Bear. I hope to see more of these books back in print. I have heard that "A Gift from the Lonely Doll" will be out just in time for the holidays this year. I certainly hope so and look forward to it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Caughran on April 2, 2005
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My sister heard a feature on public radio with the author of the new biography of Dare Wright. She called me immediately asking if I remembered Edith, Mr. Bear, and Little Bear. Of course, I remembered! As a child I loved these books and discovered them at the public library. Among my two sisters and I, the books were checked out repeatedly. The photographs and stories are poignant and touch me even today.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on October 2, 2005
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While the sad childhood of the author has recently been documented, I could not disagree more with some of the reviews submitted for these books. The inappropriate actions of the younger characters, Little Bear and Edith, are representative of the impulsive, sometimes "naughty" things that children do. In each case, the children feel remorse about their bad behavior, are disciplined (yes, sometimes spanked -- HORRORS!) but then the story ends with the parental figure (Mr. Bear) understanding and forgiving the children for their actions. Just the fact that so many people remember the photographs and characters so vividly (some 35+ years later), is a testament to the universal appeal of these stories. Perhaps the flaky parents of today could learn a few things from Mr. Bear. Children are children and they need to be called on their bad behavior, understand why it is wrong, and then quickly forgiven.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diaspora Chic on February 16, 2005
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I read the Edith books when I was a child and stumbling upon it recently because I was reading a book that mentioned Dare Wright. Looking at it again, I see a lonely doll who was looking for friends. She meets the bears, father and son and all three become like family. Despite what happened in the author's life, she has the creativity to put this book together so little girls and the little girl in me can enjoy looking at the pictures without feeling disturbed. I am not very disturbed by these images. People have a tendency to overanalyze and become paranoid afterwards.
This is a classic and I hope to see some more of the author's books back in print.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2000
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I have very fond memories of dragging every book in Dare Wright's Edith series home from the library as a child. These books are magical. The photo's are set up beautifully and each story teaches very important lessons. It is very exciting to see Edith, little Bear and Mr. Bear back in print again. My three year old and I are anxiously awaiting the rest of the series. I am very thankful that they are in print again.
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