Monday, August 4, 2014

The Lonely Doll and a Golden bOoK



This is a photo of Dare Wright the author of The Lonely Doll Learns a Lesson. She wrote a number of books after this fashion. I used to enjoy looking at this photo. You can see that the page is pretty scruffy as is the book itself below. I may have loved the book to death as it charmed me for several years. 

I see in my mother's printing that Santa gave me the book for Christmas 1961.


After the colorful cover, the pages become black and white. I thought it would be fun if I had my Mr. Bear read a few pages.






 The End.


In the process of getting out The Lonely Doll..., I found the little Golden Book about The Paper Doll Wedding. Perhaps it was meant to complement *the Paper Dolls I featured last year.* 









So there's my nod to whimsy and nostalgia for this week. ☺

Have a happy one!


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37 comments:

  1. Thanks to you and Mr. Bear for this nod to whimsy and nostalgia. It's easy to see why your books are so well loved. They look charming. Now I'm wondering if it is just coincidental that Mr. Bear has such a strong resemblance to the storybook bear?
    The Paper Doll Wedding is new to me. I thought I'd seen almost all of the Golden Books of that era. I'll have to keep my eye out for it at the thrift shops.
    Wishing you a "happy one" too.

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  2. The author reminds me of Agnes Moorehead from 'Bewitched.' Remember that old show? Anyway, cute books and I love the illustrations in the second one especially. So cheery and sweet.

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  3. I love vintage books/illustrations. Reminds me of a simpler time. Thanks to you and Mr. Bear!

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  4. I have never seen either books before, Vee.
    I love your sweet little bear, is he from your childhood too?

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  5. I love that you still have these books from your childhood! They are so charming.

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  6. Very cute. That would have been too "girly" for me when I was growing up. *lol* I grew up in central Florida making bows and arrows from palmettos and rode my bicycle everywhere. We fished in the creek or went dip netting for crabs and shrimp in the Indian River. I remember being barefoot all summer. That was my childhood. Guess things haven't changed much for me, have they? *giggle* ~:)

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  7. Your Mr. Bear is very handsome! I'm sure that he enjoyed the book.

    I love real paper dolls, and when I was a girl, a friend of my mom's had WWII paper dolls she would let me play with at her house! Those were cool.

    I have an old book that my grandma got for me when I was little called "The More The Merrier" a little girl was getting a new baby in the family, but she didn't know it. She was staying at her grandmother's house.

    Fun post!
    Deanna

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  8. I'm gone a few days and look what happens....the dolls are lonely! And you have a beautiful new banner, too! I love this sweet book and have never seen it before. I hope it has a happy ending with Mr. Bear! And I love the Golden book. I collect Golden books but don't have this one. Well....good reasons to keep going to the thrift store and to book sales! This post is a perfect way to start my day and my week! Dolls and teddy bears and books....you know I love them! Have a FUN day! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  9. Such a cute post, Vee...I love that you still have books from when you were a little girl! What sweet memories these books must conjure up. I loved playing with paper dolls so much when I was little. I remember not being able to wait each month to see the new Betsy McCall paper doll in McCall's magazine. My sisters and I all loved to draw and we enjoyed designing outfits and cutting them out for our paper models to wear. Kids today sure are missing out on the fun!!

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  10. P.S. I forgot to tell you that I love your new header :)

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  11. Mr. Bear is precious...and so are your childhood books! What treasures!
    I spent many a childhood hour playing paper dolls with my sister (or alone when she tired of them). Happy memories!

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  12. That was very sweet! I have all my little old Golden Books - or rather had them, as they have been passed on to my children and their children now. There 's a spoof of a book out now called 'Everything I Know I Learned From a Golden Book'.

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  13. What a great post!!! Thanks for the memories..I had the same books. Blessings

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  14. PS LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE your new blog header. Smiles

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  15. I don't think I was a normal little girl. My understanding is that most girls dream of a big wedding ~ I didn't. Most little girls babysat ~ I did one time and decided never to do that again. I played with paper dolls a few times and I had Barbie and Ken dolls and all the trappings to go with them. Oh, and I read "Millie the Model" comics. I didn't save anything from my childhood. I just wanted to ride horses, be around animals and read books about animals and how to care for them. Our two oldest granddaughters are just like I was, but the youngest one is all girl. It's so much fun to watch her.

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  16. OOO, those little Golden books...so so sweet and just the words 'Golden Books' bring up so many warm, fuzzy memories....:)

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  17. What sweet memories! How precious that you still have these keepsakes!! I remember reading as a little girl - the Dick and Jane books, Box Car Kids, etc. By the time I was 10 I was reading Gone With the Wind and Dear and Glorious Physician! I graduated to these because of the simple fact they were what was available! My step father bought huge boxes of books at auctions. I am forever grateful these happened to be GOOD books! He also had stacks of some kind of gory detective magazines. Glad I wasn't interested in THAT!!! Hope you have a wonderful week! Hope you and John can get out and do something wonderful together!!

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    1. Does the flower girl remind you of a little girl you know?

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  18. What sweet books and memories! Love the bear taking a look! Paper doll playing was one of my sister's and I very favorite things to do! I think today's girls are missing a real treat! Enjoy your week Vee!

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  19. Such sweet books, and a reminder of simpler times. The author looks so glamorous, a contrast to the old-fashioned sweetness of the book. Thanks for a peek back in time!

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  20. Oh how I love the illustrations in these older books. So fabulous.Growing up we didn't have any books of our own. We checked out books from the library once I was in grade school. Maybe that's why I have so many bookcases filled with books today...

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  21. Talk about sharing some extra sweetness with us on this Monday :) Have a lovely week, dear Vee!

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  22. I just love the artwork in these little books. Thank your cute little bear for showing us some of the pages. Your header is very pretty, love the blue water!

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  23. Hahaha!!!!! Love the bear pose that mimics the book's photo!

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  24. I love these books Vee. The old story books are so sweet with such beautiful graphics and artwork. The wedding one is rather appropriate for me this week with Mark's and Jenn's wedding. :)

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  25. Isn't it amazing how certain books from childhood still capture our hearts and imagination? I think the book Nancy Nurse" that I loved at five, encouraged me to become an RN as an adult.
    I saved all my Golden Books, plus those I purchased for my children, and now I share them with my grandchildren.
    Vee, Mary is saying goodbye to Mosaic Monday!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know! I credit Mary's Mosaic Mondays with so many good things.

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  26. I love this! Wish I could get a copy for my dgrandaughter Clara who just had to go to Akron Children's Hospital with infected ears and toe......Poor baby.

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    1. It was republished in 2013 so perhaps you can order it...perfect since sickness and having to stay abed was a big part of the story.

      So sorry about your little grandgirlie! Saying a prayer for a speedy recovery.

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  27. Whimsical yet down to earth reading. I can't believe the titles of some of the books I'm told to buy for the young grands for gifts.

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  28. So cute and strikes a cord for me. Simon and Schuster sold Golden Books to Western Publishing, which was located in my home town, in 1958. My mother worked there and would bring home Golden Books for me.

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  29. Oh, how I enjoyed The Lonely Doll books. I think I have all of them in the big hardcover original format. My grands love to have me read them. Thanks for bringing back such comforting memories today.

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  30. What sweet memories, Vee. Gosh, the author looks so glamorous, like she should be a movie star back then! I've never read the Lonely Doll books. I loved the peek at the Paper Doll Wedding. I sure remember playing with paper dolls, back in the day. xo

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  31. I had a lot of the Golden Books but don't remember that one. I loved them all when I was little and wanted to save them but my mom gave them all away. : (

    I've never heard of The Lonely Doll Books.

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  32. Did teddy like the book as well as you.
    Merle................

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  33. This is honestly the kind of stuff that I get all lost in. I love to look at the books from my childhood, or even books from my mother's childhood. I was recently wasting some time on EBAY looking for a few certain books. I found (and bought) one of them. Thought it might make to a blog ramble by now, but it hasn't.

    You whimsy is enchanting, Vee. (And I really love the photography on this one.)

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