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Raggedy Ann Stories

Johnny Gruelle

Book Overview: 

Raggedy Ann is a fictional character created by writer Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. A doll was also marketed along with the book to great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920) introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .French doll.

So, when Marcella heard the little girl next door calling to her, she ran out of the nursery and gave Raggedy Ann a toss from her as she ran.

Now it happened Raggedy lit in the clothes hamper and there she lay all doubled up in a knot.

A few minutes afterwards Dinah came through the hall with an armful of clothes and piled them in the hamper on top of Raggedy Ann.

Then Dinah carried the hamper out in back of the house where she did the washing.

Dinah dumped all the clothes into the boiler and poured water on them.

The boiler was then placed upon the stove.

When the water began to get warm, Raggedy Ann wiggled around and climbed up amongst the clothes to the top of the boiler to peek out. There was too much steam and she could see nothing. For that matter, Dinah could not see Raggedy Ann, either, on account of the steam.

So Dinah, using an old broom handle, stirred the clothes in the boil. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Read aloud to J. She loved it. When we finished the last story, she sighed, "That was beautiful." Pretty cute. :)

I'm way too old for these stories, but they're a classic and a nostalgic testament to childhood and friendship. I loved them all when I was a kid.

These stories captivated our two little girls so the author must have done something right with respect to his target audience :)

Raggedy Andy is NOT in this book. This book is about Raggedy Ann and some other unmemorable dolls hanging out in a little girl's nursery. Make sure to read the sweet/creepy preface, which talks about how the little girl Marcela was a real person and died horribly young, so her dad decided to writ...more

One thing missing from these stories is a list of the dolls. You do get to know them as you go along but a role-call at the start would have been nice so here you go.
Raggedy Ann - Female, cheap stitched doll.
Four Penny Dolls - Female, small dolls.
Indian Doll - Male, given his tracking skills i'm...more

I just read this again with the youngest at seven, much giggles on the way Raggedy looked all covered with paint. The child said that the funniest one was when they made copies of Raggedy Ann because you can't tell which one is her in the picture. (older more complete book review below)

I finished...more

Childhood classics are always dicey things. Sometimes they age better than others. Raggedy Ann falls somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, I think.

I mean, let's get this out of the way: Raggedy's mistress, Marcella, is a spoiled little upper-class white girl, complete with a stereotype of a b...more

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