I loved this book when I was a child! First of all, I love the doll herself. I think she is beautiful. And I am totally amazed at how she has the same expression at all times, it's painted on, but for some reason she evokes a different emotion in each photograph or scene. I wonder if it is because it's such a hunting expression to begin with. That is to say, it is an expression with a lot of feeling behind it, and the scene gives meaning to the ambiguous expression.
She is also a beautifully shaped doll. I think this makes her poses believable and something we can "live in to" quite easily.
I think the black and white photos give the whole thing a quiet and melancholy feeling. Apparently the story is based somewhat on Wright's life. She had a pretty neglected childhood.
I like that even though she is naughty,
and gets punished,
They are still friends in the end.