Much Loved

Much Loved

Book - 2013
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Award-winning photographer Mark Nixon has created a trove of quirky and nostalgic portraits of teddy bears and other stuffed animals that have been lovingly abused after years of play. MuchLoved collects 60 of these images along with their accompanying background tales. An exhibit in the photographer's studio led to a small sensation on the Internet when a few of the pictures circulated unofficially on scores of blogs and on many legitimate news sites. Viewers have been intrigued by the funny, bittersweet images and their ironic juxtaposition of childhood innocence and aged, loving wear and tear. When you see these teddy bears and bunnies with missing noses and undone stuffing, you can't help but think back to childhood and its earliest companions who asked for nothing and gave a lot back.

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" Much Loved is impossibly endearing in its entirety." --Brain Pickings

Publisher: New York : 2013. Abrams Image,
ISBN: 9781419710124
1419710125
Branch Call Number: ANF 745.5924 MUCH
Characteristics: iv, 124 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Nixon, Mark

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LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 29, 2018

A beautifully presented reminder of our childhood toys and how well loved beloved our toys have been.


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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 05, 2018

This book is a collection of pictures of well-loved stuffed animals. Each page has a picture of somebody's animal & a bio of who they belong to, how old they are, & a bit of their history.
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It was so sweet to see how loved these animals were by their owners. Some animals have had several years of love, some were still considerably new but no less worn. Different animals, different owners, different lives. So cute.
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Age recommendation: all ages

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.

LoganLib_Tahnee Jul 29, 2018

A beautifully presented reminder of our childhood toys and how well loved beloved our toys have been.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

Lovely. I would like to contribute my decade old snowman, Frosty, given to me by my sister on a visit from college when I lost my handy travel pillow. Frosty traveled the world with me, always providing a soft place to rest my head. He is elderly and threadbare now and for his sake he got to retire a number of years ago and he enjoys hanging out with the cats and watching fishing programs.

JCLJackieS Jul 05, 2018

The toys documented in this book exude the love of the children who owned them. Some appear sad, but, as the Skin Horse in The Velveteen Rabbit says, "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

OLATHEAllisonB Sep 15, 2017

This book documents the history of one of the iconic symbols of childhood: the teddy bear/beloved stuffed animal. A sweet collection of photographs highlights beloved toys from Europe, along with short vignettes written by their owners. Turning each page and seeing how worn and torn the toys had become reminded me of this quote from Margery Williams Bianco's "The Velveteen Rabbit:" "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." Accordingly, "Much Loved" is indeed for those who understand how very Real a stuffed childhood companion can be.

ontherideau Aug 03, 2016

Much Loved by Irish photographer Mark Nixon is a visual essay of stuffed animals- stuffed with love I think. While these stuffies; bears, dogs and giraffes among them, were no doubt adorable once upon a time, now they could put fear into the heart of a young child. What makes one stuffie so loved while another finds itself under shoes in the closet?
Prepare for a giggle and maybe a little heart ache.

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BloomFree
Aug 30, 2014

Snapshot short stories deliver a very human rich mix of sorrow, delight, distance and enduring Love.

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stephaniedchase
Mar 16, 2014

A charming look at how our childhood teddy bears demonstrate the depth of pure love and devotion. A lovely quick read.

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