I think that all true doll lovers should have at least one of the ‘Lonely Doll’ books in their collection. Featuring Edith, a doll from author / illustrator Dare Wright’s childhood, and two Teddy Bears as the main characters, The Lonely Doll was special because of the way the author/ illustrator used stage like settings, professional lighting and photography, artistic and carefully posed characterizations and a deceptively simple story line to make each page of this NY Times Bestseller a visual and literary treat.
There is a ton of information about both her books (there are at least ten Lonely Doll books that I’m aware of) and Dare on the internet; we just wanted to give you a good enough idea to pique your interest, so that you can decide for yourself if you interested in either the books, or the author herself.
To summarize the plot, Edith (the doll) is lonely, for she has no one to play with. Every day when she says her prayers she wishes for friends. One day Mr. Bear and Little Bear show up at her house to play. What follows, is a series of ‘play dates,’ each one set up and meticulously photographed by a world class photographer. Of course there is the happy ending… Edith is never lonely again.
PS: The beloved childhood doll Dare uses throughout the book is a flirty-eyed doll. By carefully reversing the negatives – i.e. ‘printing them backwards,’ – and the clever use of mirrors in some of the illustrations, Dare was able to create the illusion that the doll’s eyes were ‘looking’ in different directions, and therefore give the doll a more lifelike expression.