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Product Details

  • Series: The Lonely Doll Series
  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Dare Wright Media; Remastered And Enhanced Edition edition (August 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615827888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615827889
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Edith knits a "fine, woolly muffler" for Little Bear in Dare Wright's 1966 A Gift from the Lonely Doll, another of the Lonely Doll titles being reissued. Wright's signature b&w photographs evoke a voyeuristic feel.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dare Wright (1914-2001) was a fashion model and photographer based in New York City. In 1957, she used her childhood doll Edith and two teddy bears as the subjects of her first book The Lonely Doll. The combination of mesmerizing black and white photographs and simple, eloquent text made the book an immediate success and earned it a place on The New York Times Best Seller list along with Dare Wright’s next Lonely Doll book, Holiday For Edith And The Bears. A Gift From The Lonely Doll is the sixth book in the series featuring Edith, Little Bear and Mr. Bear. Originally published in 1966, it was photographed both within the confines of the author’s small apartment in New York City, and in and around the home of a friend in upstate New York. All of the photographs in this book have been reproduced from Dare Wright’s original negatives that she developed in the tiny darkroom of her New York City apartment.

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.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dare Wright, A Gift from the Lonely Doll (Houghton Mifflin, 1963)

Perhaps the best, and according to the jacket copy the best-loved, of the Lonely Doll books is A Gift from the Lonely Doll, originally published in 1963. In this episode, Edith (the titular character) decides to make a Christmas present for Mr. Bear-- a long knitted scarf. Little Bear, always the heckler, tells Edith constantly that the scarf is going to be entirely too long. He's right, but Edith solves the dilemma in a creative way.

This is the only installment of the series I've read where Edith and the bears actually seem to operate as a family unit, with no absentee parenting or weirdly erotic scenes of punishment. A good little book, one I'd actually consider giving to my kid. *** ˝
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2002
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Like all Lonely Doll books, this story is completely charming and a wonderful Christmas gift for a teddy-loving child. But be warned, the paperback copy I purchased was disappointing because all the photographs were really quite blurry. That is why my rating was only 3 stars though Edith and the bears personally deserve more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Ellingson on January 15, 2006
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I loved this book as a child, and was thrilled to see

it reissued. Little Bear is the perfectly annoying little

brother nagging Edith about the gift that Mr Bear loved

even before it was "fixed".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 23, 2007
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While many Edith Doll books are outdated socially (spankings, poor family relations). This book is a gem. It would be a great Christmas gift or a gift for a knitter. The images are great and the messages are great. Edith is making her gift by hand. Her brother (Little Bear) is trying to help and Edith doesn't want to listen. Little bear teases her stubbornness, just like a friend should. The Bears visit their cousins for Christmas (sledding, ice skating, tree decorating, presents) and the family picture is nice. Edith comes up with a creative solution to her knitting disaster that pleases everyone and brings the loving family together.

OK, so this paragraph might be pushing it, but it has merit. I like that the family units in this book are not traditional. No kid would question the bear/doll family units. They are toys, but I suppose if you were looking for a book that was inclusive of race, adoption, physical differences, and sexual relations, this book might be one to pick up. You could infer that the two male bear cousins were gay lovers under cover (2 old male bears living to together in the country) The book could also illustrate diversity. Everyone loves Edith. There is no mention that she is different, though she is clearly physically very different from the rest of the family (and adopted!). This world is a happy world full of very real love and devotion.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on March 2, 2002
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Dare Wright's classic "Lonely Doll" series books are of their time--Mr. Bear is very much in charge, and Edith questions her own opinions and rights--but they are classic nonetheless. Wright's photography, as always, complements the story beautifully, and perhaps especially so in "A Gift from the Lonely Doll." This story ought to be more well-known and more of a Christmas classic than it is. Edith wants to make something special for Mr. Bear. When she gives it to him, his reaction is unexpected. Still, it sets into motion her willingness to alter the gift to suit his expectations--and to subsequently be left with extra gifts to give! Charming.
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One of the best books ever for little ones for the holidays! Love that these are in print for my children. Cannot wait for Eidth and Big Bad Bill to be in print!
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This is an excellent series for a little girl with a BIG imagination! Edith and Little Bear love to get into trouble but they are always so sorry and realize their mistakes! Well written, leaves you begging for more!
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By newgranny52 on February 18, 2013
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These stories were some of my favorites as a little gilr. Now in my 60's I have bought the set for my niece. I have also bought a new set for myself! The story and characters enter your heart and imagination and stay to live there. Enjoy!
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