The simple story was written and photographed by Dare Wright in the early 1960's. It involves a Lenci (Italian made) doll named Edith who is sad because she is lonely. One day two teddy bears (Mr. Bear and Little Bear) appeared and became her friends. The rest of the book tells us of their adventures, Then, one rainy day, Mr. Bear went in to town . Edith and Little Bear discover a dressing room and make an awful mess. Upon his return Mr. Bear becomes angry when he sees the mess so he spanks both of them. Edith is so upset by this that she can't stop crying because she is afraid that the bears will leave her and she will be alone again. They clean up the room and apologize. Edith asks Mr. Bear if he will promise to stay forever and he says yes...forever and ever...the end.
The reason I feel I was so attached to this book is because my parents were going through their divorce at this time and I used this book to guide myself through this ugly and emotional period in my young life.
I have a copy of this cherished book now. A woman I barely knew gave it to me one Christmas. Funny, she was worried I wouldn't like it because it wasn't perfect. When I opened the package and saw the book with it's black binding tape, I was instantly transported back to the second grade. When I opened up this book and smelled the familiar scent of the exact story I had held all that year......I cried!
I can NEVER thank Cheri enough for giving me the most magical gift! I shall treasure The Lonely Doll for ALWAYS!!