Edith and Mr. Bear

ISBN: 0618042539
ISBN 13: 9780618042531
By: Dare Wright

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Mr. Bear's expensive clock fascinates Edith. She just has to touch it. But when she does, it falls down with a crash. Unable to admit that she has broken it, Edith's guilty conscience makes her so unhappy that she can't even enjoy her birthday party. In fact, Edith feels so badly about lying to Mr. Bear that she contemplates running away. What happens next makes for a timeless story that will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to cover up the truth. Dare Wright's innovative black-and-white photographs make EDITH AND MR. BEAR as intriguing as it was when first published in 1964.

Reader's Thoughts


In this sequel to a book in which a teddy bear spanks a doll, (SPOILER ALERT) the same teddy bear spanks the same doll.

Deirdre Keating

How do you rate a book like this? I remember trying to describe it to Maria way back when we were listing favorites from our childhood. It sounded so horrific, she thought I was making it up, only to find it a week or so later in a bookstore.It's fascinating and haunting, and I'd never want to own it (though I can understand why others, more artistic than I, would). Something disturbing under the surface, though I did love it as a little girl.


Portal of nostalgia. I like puppets and I like this book. Plus, Dare Wright is fascinating.




These books are creepy.


THIS IS A BOOK WHERE... oh, no. i am not doing those anymore. this is a review where i follow alfonso's simple rules:1. No more than 3 pictures.2. You need to wave it something about my penis being huge in the review! I know you’ve never seen it! And proly never will! But still! You a good writer! You’ll find a way to praise my penis!3. You should offend at least 1 good reader besides me!4. You’ll need to make a reference to something completely no relevant to the book! Something about your life! A dirty secret would be nice!5. You are also absolutely forbidden to say anything that relates to the book’s plot! I love reviews where people don’t talk about the freaking book!6. You need to pick a song ! This song will be the sound track of the review! The reader will have the option to play it on you tube while reading the review!7. Find away to blame Atiba for women having their period, global warming, the war on Iraq or whatever! The thing is that he needs to be blame of something!8. NO obscure references! !9. Let us know on what team are you on! Team Jacob or Team Edward!10. And lastly answer this burning question! Who is the sexiest person in goodreads.com!the song i have chosen is alice cooper's "years ago/steven" it(they) is(are) a() creepy song(s) about creepy things that echo the theme of this book, which themes i will not discuss. at all.these photographs are disturbing, like the photographs of - oh, wait - i can't namedrop. TFB, bookworld! the only photograph more disturbing than the ones to be found in this book is alfonso's new avatar, which shows off his massive tool(and by "tool", i mean "water bottle") which no one is crowing about - do they not see his massive tool??reading dare wright's biography really gave me some perspective about the inspiration for her photography. basically, she was a very lonely, sheltered girl who slept in the same bed as her mother throughout adulthood and constructed a sort of fantasy world that is heartbreaking in its fragility, and these pictures are indicative of the innerworkings of her mind and are disturbing and fascinating all at once. the mother daughter dynamic between dare wright and her moms recalls grey gardens (which is in no was an obscure reference, as their awesome madness spawned two movies, a musical, and assorted other things that are in no way obscure. for the record) an interlude, for monica:cum cum jizz spunk cum cummy sandwich jizzy jizz cumfag splooge jizzpunch. cocktastic cumfucks. violence violence punch punch kick. block.if i get kicked off of goodreads.com, i will assume it is all atiba's fault. (like everything in this world that is bad: olives, famine, crime, shark attacks) atiba - seriously everything you touch is ruined, and the air you exhale is poisoned with your demonic soul.i love these photographs - just the "edith doll" and her teddies and discipline and a pervasive hauntedness. when i was a little girl, i had tons of stuffed animals (not that much has changed since then) and i would play elaborate games with them: sometimes we would play "stewardess" because i was totally liberated, right? and i would play "raft" but i never played anything involving spanking, and i could never have conjured up the imaginary tableaux that ms. wright created. sometimes i still talk to them, but i am not necessarily lonely, just a little.i love nutella. i suppose, if it comes right down to it, i would rather be with a man who went all sparkly in direct sunlight than a man whose doghair would always be clogging my drain (twss)so this is what happens when you GIS "hottest goodreader ever". so, i suppose whoever this avatar belongs to is the official hottest goodreader. research has made it so.i would love to talk some more about the actual contents of the book, but i think it is best seen for oneself. they are truly sad little photos for a sad always-to-be-little girlis this success??


This is an oldie but goody. Of course the doll's name, Edith, makes it very dated, but the name is obviously why this book first appealed to me as a child. Then the fact that she is always getting into trouble, often because she doesn't do what she is told, that also resonated with me. But I still like the book for the illustrations - the idea of placing a doll and teddy bear(s) in real home/country settings and using the photographs to help tell the story was always appealing to me, and I emulated the technique in creating a story for my children at least once. Of course the date read is just a guess, and I've read it several times since the first few times way back when.


I think I like the photographs more than the actual story. The emotion that the girl has even though her face never distorts is amazing.

Conquering Dinner

A favorite of mine from childhood!


Dare Wright was the most fu**ked up children author ever. A family history that is totally gothic in nature - and yet, her work which is so disturbing to look at as an adult was a major hit for the kiddies of the 50's. It is also a work of gothic genius. There has to be a major exhibition and catalogue of her work - now please!


It's difficult to fathom the controversy this book raises. Readers "back in the day" were not alarmed by corporal punishment; children at that time -- and I was one of them -- were not surprised that Edith was punished. Since young children are "concrete" thinkers, from a child's perspective: when a rule (or a clock) is broken, there must be balance/correction.Nowadays the book is not "pc."Just saying.


One of my favorite books when I was little!


These books are so weird and inappropriate I'm actually kind of torn between giving them one star or five. They're the B movie version of children's literature.

Shannon Alwaise

Someone gave this to me when I was really young and it was one of my favorite books.


My children really enjoy the storyline to this book, gasping every time Edith tells the lie. And I enjoy the b&w photos of New York scenery and brownstone architecture, and of course the clever doll and bear poses.

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