I had a copy of this book as a little girl that I cherished. It is a slightly disturbing story of a lonely, needy doll who more than anything doesn't want to be alone and makes friends with two teddy bears.
It's primarily a picture book of photographs of Edith, the doll, and her two teddy bear friends posed in scenes to help tell the story.I loved this book as a little girl, maybe because I felt like I could be Edith. (I was a little, blond girl who was lonely, not the other weird stuff) As much as I like this book, I don't know that I would give it to a child. Even when I was four or five years old I knew that something wasn't quite right with the story and that Edith was a little scary.
There is a dark quality to the mood of the pictures and Edith has some mental problems and abandonment issues. There is also a part in the book where Mr. Bear spanks Edith. The picture is a little odd(Edith over Mr.Bear's knees with skirts up and doll panties showing) and Edith acts a bit like an abuse victim and says she doesn't care about the spanking, as long as Mr. Bear doesn't leave.(I know, that's what I'm saying!)
There was a book written about Dare Wright(AKA- Edith) and apparently she was abandoned by her father and brother(played by Mr. Bear and Little Bear) and well...you get the picture.(no pun intended)
So, if you are a bit dark and twisted, like me, you will probably dig this book and the other Lonely Doll books. Maybe even check out the biography on Dare. If you are looking for a book for your kid, I'm sure there are other things out there that are just as interesting, but don't have weird undertones and maladjusted dolls.
This has been my favortie children's book since I was very little, it's why I became a photographer.