How Raggedy Ann Got Her Candy Heart

How Raggedy Ann Got Her Candy Heart

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by Johnny Gruelle, Jan Palmer
     
 

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One day Raggedy Ann takes a kite ride way up into the sky — only to land in a bucket of paint! A friendly painter offers to fix her up like new, and it looks like Marcella will have to part with her doll for a short time. But when Raggedy Ann comes back to Marcella, she's better than ever because of the painter's special gift.
In this new version of a

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One day Raggedy Ann takes a kite ride way up into the sky — only to land in a bucket of paint! A friendly painter offers to fix her up like new, and it looks like Marcella will have to part with her doll for a short time. But when Raggedy Ann comes back to Marcella, she's better than ever because of the painter's special gift.
In this new version of a classic, retold for young children, Raggedy Ann and the other dolls in the nursery come to life with humor and spirit.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These first two installments in the My First Raggedy Ann series, abridged for younger readers from tales Gruelle originally wrote and illustrated for his housebound daughter Marcella, differ significantly from each other. In the first, a sweet but slow tale, Raggedy plays a largely passive role as Marcella's doll, who falls into a can of paint. The housepainter takes Raggedy Ann home to clean her up, and his wife sews on her famous red candy heart proclaiming "I love you." The second, livelier tale has a more fanciful spin, giving Raggedy Ann and Andy identities more akin to children than playthings. The title is a bit misleading, as the book's key action derives from a bespectacled wooden horse who leads Ann, Andy and a flannel camel on a mission to recapture Ann's doll pal, Babette, from a band of pirates. Mayhem erupts as the thieving band's tent collapses around them, and Ann seizes the chance to rescue Babette. This scenario brings on the books' funniest lines: when the horse promises to give each pirate a lollipop if they pledge to reform, two acquiesce immediately, announcing "I'll stop being a pirate and be a plumber" and "I'll stop and go into the garage business." Palmer alters the moods of her cheerful, if somewhat cutesy, artwork to match each story: she gives the first book a more realistic feel (though the constantly smiling human characters resemble actors in a 1950s sitcom), while creating a more whimsical aura in the second, effectively intensifying her palette to introduce the vivid pirate crew. The uninitiated will likely warm up to Raggedy Ann and her pals, yet these titles aren't likely to claim nearly the longevity of their predecessors. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689808876
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Raggedy Ann Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
492,731
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Johnny Gruelle was an extremely talented cartoonist, illustrator, and storyteller. He had already written and illustrated a book of original fairy tales before creating the Raggedy Ann and Andy stories. Raggedy Ann, heroine of the first book, was a favorite doll of his daughter, Marcella, who died after a long illness at the age of thirteen. Johnny Gruelle eventually created over forty Raggedy Ann and Andy books, all capturing his unique version of childhood.

Jan Palmer has illustrated many children’s stories and nearly twenty books. She was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, in Canada. She enjoys whitewater canoeing and gardening. She lives in an old farmhouse in upstate New York.

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How Raggedy Ann Got Her Candy Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Great to re-introduce an old, childhood favorite with our grandchildren