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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 like the doggie because he's cute. I thought the sisters were really spooky.

I enjoyed this first book in the Raggedy Ann & Andy set of stories. They were poignant, knowing the girl in the story is the author's daughter, who died at age 13.

I re-read my mother’s 1947 copy that at age 70 she finally decided to give away. I know I enjoyed these as a kid, and clearly she treasured them. Our copy was all taped up after heavy reading wear. I recall well the large Raggedy Ann doll she had kept since her childhood until I was at least ten.


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 write a

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 ass

Hmm. Two stars may be a bit harsh, but I went there because the final chapter is really nothing more than a sales pitch for Raggedy Ann dolls (which Gruelle somehow managed to patent and sold in conjunction with the book), said story being an account of somebody borrowing the doll in order to take h

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 re

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 blac

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