Book of the Week: Edith & Little Bear Lend a Hand

Book of the Week, Children's

Edith and Little Bear Lend a Hand by Dare Wright

Published:  1972 by Random House

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I love how Edith, even though she’s a doll, is chic. She’s a trend setter, especially at the height of the books popularity.

I love how creepy  is is that Edith, Little Bear, and Mr. Bear are all staged/posed in such lifelike/realistic poses – waiting for the bus, hanging on the monkey bars. I feel this shows just how talented Wright was a photographer…not to mention patient.

I like how the black and white photographs only add to the books creepiness.

When Mr. Bear announces that he is moving Edith and Little Bear to the country because of the city’s dirty atmosphere, Edith and Little Bear do not like the idea, I love how they decide to take matters  into their own hands and change Mr. Bear’s mind. They are proactive, and I think it shows that children too to able to be part of a greater change.

I love how Edith and Little Bear decide that in order to change Mr. Bear’s mind they need to protest and picket. And even more amusing that they decide they have to dress up like a hippie – beads and everything – to get noticed.

I like how this book is more detailed than “The Lonely Doll” I feel it shows Wright’s growth as a writer.

Even though they think their efforts of making things change went overlooked they really weren’t. This shows that hard work pays off in the end, and that’s what really matters.

I feel the same love for New York City as Edith and Little Bear does.

I love how the photographs depict the New York City landscape. It gives more character to the book.

It’s a book, that even though it’s older it’s still relevant – especially since Edith and Little Bear are doing everything they could to help clean the environment in which they live. We’re still struggling to find better solutions to clean up our environment.

Shows the importance of recycling.

Mr. Bear is a real grump. It’s kind of funny, especially how he represents the parental figure in the book.

The book shows that there really is no place like one’s home.

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