Paper Dragon: A Raggedy Ann Adventure Classic Edition

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When Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy go for a walk in the woods, they have no idea that they're about to have a wonderful adventure! It all starts when the Raggedys decide to help a little girl named Marggy find her lost Daddy. With the help of Raggedy Ann's magical wishing pebble and Raggedy Andy's magical wishing stick, they set off with Marggy and her Mama to look for him. Along the way they make lots of new friends, including a playful Paper Dragon. But the naughty Mr. Doodle is never far behind -- first he ...

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Overview

When Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy go for a walk in the woods, they have no idea that they're about to have a wonderful adventure! It all starts when the Raggedys decide to help a little girl named Marggy find her lost Daddy. With the help of Raggedy Ann's magical wishing pebble and Raggedy Andy's magical wishing stick, they set off with Marggy and her Mama to look for him. Along the way they make lots of new friends, including a playful Paper Dragon. But the naughty Mr. Doodle is never far behind -- first he wants Marggy to chop wood for him, and then he wants the Dragon all for himself! Will the Raggedys ever teach him to mend his ways?

Delight in the whimsical world of Raggedy Ann and Andy as they travel through the woods, spreading happiness and good cheer all along the way. The Paper Dragon: A Raggedy Ann Adventure is one of the most beloved Raggedy Ann storybooks. First published in 1926, it has now been restored to its original condition with spectacular full-color artwork. Readers will want to follow this tale to the end again and again.

When Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy set out to help a little girl find her father, they meet up with a mean couple, a paper dragon, and a two-headed dog before ending up at a magic castle.

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Another in the series of newly reissued Raggedy Ann Adventures, Raggedy Ann: The Paper Dragon by Johnny Gruelle (1926) follows the redheaded heroine and her sidekick, Raggedy Andy, as they head for the woods and happen upon young Marggy, separated from her Daddy. As they hunt for him, they meet new friends, such as Dragon, who at first gives them a fright, but is just "made out of paper and thin slats of wood." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689849695
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Raggedy Ann Series
  • Edition description: 1ST SIMON
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938) was an extremely talented cartoonist, illustrator, and storyteller. He had already written and illustrated a book of original fairy tales before creating the first two Raggedy books, Raggedy Ann Stories and Raggedy Andy Stories. Raggedy Ann, heroine of the first, was the favorite doll of his daughter, Marcella, who died at the age of thirteen after a long illness. It was from Marcella that Johnny drew the inspiration to eventually create more than forty Raggedy Ann and Andy books, all capturing his unique vision of childhood. Many of the stories, illustrations, and adventures in the Raggedy Ann storybooks were based on Marcella's childhood adventures. The Paper Dragon: A Raggedy Ann Adventure was one of Johnny's early adventure storybooks and has become one of his most beloved.

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Chapter Three

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy and Marggy and her Mama followed the little red magical ball of darning cotton through the woods until they came to a gate made of logs. The little red magical ball rolled through the gate and our friends started to follow it, when a great big Dragon, just like the Dragons you see in Chinese pictures, came right out and opened its mouth and the little red magical ball of darning cotton rolled inside.

"Oh, dear!" cried Marggy's Mama as she sat down on a stone and wiped her eyes with her apron. "Now the little red magical ball is gone and we will never find Daddy."

"Why did you swallow our little red magical ball of darning cotton?" Raggedy Ann asked the great big dragon.

"Because," the Dragon replied.

"That isn't any reason at all," Raggedy Ann said. "And you ought to he ashamed of yourself! That's what!"

"Well, I'm not," the great big large Dragon replied as it wiggled its long tail. And when Raggedy Ann pointed her rag hand at its nose to make it feel ashamed of itself, the great big large Dragon opened its great large mouth real wide and went, "Gobble! Gobble!"

"Here! You stop that, Mister Dragon!" Raggedy Andy cried, but he was too late for the great big large Dragon had swallowed Raggedy Ann completely.

"Now then, you've gone and done it!" Raggedy Andy cried as he hunted around for a great big stick.

"What are you going to do with that great big stick?" the Dragon asked as he twirled his long tail.

"You just wait and see! That's what!" Raggedy Andy said as he rolled up his sleeves.

"Are we going to have a fight?" the Dragon asked.

Raggedy Andy did not answer the Dragon.Instead, he walked right up to it holding the large stick in front of him. When Raggedy Andy came up to him, the Dragon opened his great big mouth and started to say "Gobble!" Gobble!" just like he had done when he swallowed Raggedy Ann, but Raggedy Andy was too smart for him. Raggedy Andy just as quick as a wink, put the large stick in the Dragon's mouth and this held the Dragon's mouth wide open.

My! How the Dragon wiggled and wobbled his long tail, but it did no good, for he could not get the stick out of his mouth. And when he wiggled and wobbled his long tail Raggedy Andy and Marggy and her Mama could hear Raggedy Ann and the little red magical halt rattling around way back inside the Dragon. Then they heard a funny scratching sound and here came Raggedy Ann crawling out.

"The Dragon is just made out of paper and thin slats of wood!" Raggedy Ann laughed.

"The reason I did not fight the great big large Dragon was because I saw right away that he was made out of paper," said Raggedy Andy. "And if I had hit him upon the head with the large stick, I would have broken his head in pieces."

"Are you going to take the stick out of his mouth?" Marggy's Mama asked Raggedy Andy, "The great big Dragon might eat someone else up just as he did Raggedy Ann."

Raggedy Ann laughed. "The great big Dragon wouldn't harm anyone even if he did swallow them," she said. "For he is hollow all the way to the tip of his tail. And if he swallowed anyone, all they would have to do would be to kick real hard and they could kick a large hole right through him."

Raggedy Andy walked up to the large paper Dragon and took the big stick out of its mouth. "There," said Raggedy Andy. "Does that feel better?"

"Yes indeed!" the Dragon replied. "When my mouth was propped open with the stick, it made cold chills run all the way to the tip end of my long tail, and it felt just like someone had left the front door wide open on a cold day."

"Then after this, you mustn't swallow anyone again," said Raggedy Andy.

"I did not swallow Raggedy Ann," the Dragon replied.

"No, he didn't, that's true," Raggedy Ann agreed. "I jumped into his mouth, because I saw right away he was made out of paper and thin slats of wood. I knew someone had to rescue the little red magical ball of darning cotton or we would never find Marggy's Daddy."

"What do you eat, Mister Dragon?" Marggy's Mama asked as she walked up and thumped the Dragon's head to see if he really and truly was paper.

"I never eat anything," the Dragon replied, "But lots of times when I yawn the wind blows pieces of paper right in my mouth and dry leaves and I do not know how to get them out again! I'm afraid maybe if mice find out I have pieces of paper and nice dry leaves in me, they might build nests in my paper body. And you know how mice are, sometimes they chew holes in things."

"I tell you what let's do! Let's pull him up into a tree by the tip end of his tail and shake all the leaves and pieces of paper out," Raggedy Andy said.

Marggy and her Mama couldn't climb trees like Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, so they stayed upon the ground and boosted the paper Dragon's tail up to Raggedy Ann and Andy. Then Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy shook the paper Dragon's tail until all the leaves and pieces of paper rattled down to his mouth. Then Marggy and her Mama cleaned all the leaves and paper out of the paper Dragon's mouth and he felt very, very much better.

Then Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy and Marggy and her Mama told the paper Dragon good-bye and followed the little red magical ball of darning cotton through the woods.

Copyright 1926 by The P. F. Volland Company Copyright renewed 1954 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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First Chapter


Chapter Three


Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy and Marggy and her Mama followed the little red magical ball of darning cotton through the woods until they came to a gate made of logs. The little red magical ball rolled through the gate and our friends started to follow it, when a great big Dragon, just like the Dragons you see in Chinese pictures, came right out and opened its mouth and the little red magical ball of darning cotton rolled inside.

"Oh, dear!" cried Marggy's Mama as she sat down on a stone and wiped her eyes with her apron. "Now the little red magical ball is gone and we will never find Daddy."

"Why did you swallow our little red magical ball of darning cotton?" Raggedy Ann asked the great big dragon.

"Because," the Dragon replied.

"That isn't any reason at all," Raggedy Ann said. "And you ought to he ashamed of yourself! That's what!"

"Well, I'm not," the great big large Dragon replied as it wiggled its long tail. And when Raggedy Ann pointed her rag hand at its nose to make it feel ashamed of itself, the great big large Dragon opened its great large mouth real wide and went, "Gobble! Gobble!"

"Here! You stop that, Mister Dragon!" Raggedy Andy cried, but he was too late for the great big large Dragon had swallowed Raggedy Ann completely.

"Now then, you've gone and done it!" Raggedy Andy cried as he hunted around for a great big stick.

"What are you going to do with that great big stick?" the Dragon asked as he twirled his long tail.

"You just wait and see! That's what!" Raggedy Andy said as he rolled up his sleeves.

"Are we going to have a fight?" the Dragon asked.

Raggedy Andy did not answer the Dragon. Instead, he walked right up to it holding the large stick in front of him. When Raggedy Andy came up to him, the Dragon opened his great big mouth and started to say "Gobble!" Gobble!" just like he had done when he swallowed Raggedy Ann, but Raggedy Andy was too smart for him. Raggedy Andy just as quick as a wink, put the large stick in the Dragon's mouth and this held the Dragon's mouth wide open.

My! How the Dragon wiggled and wobbled his long tail, but it did no good, for he could not get the stick out of his mouth. And when he wiggled and wobbled his long tail Raggedy Andy and Marggy and her Mama could hear Raggedy Ann and the little red magical halt rattling around way back inside the Dragon. Then they heard a funny scratching sound and here came Raggedy Ann crawling out.

"The Dragon is just made out of paper and thin slats of wood!" Raggedy Ann laughed.

"The reason I did not fight the great big large Dragon was because I saw right away that he was made out of paper," said Raggedy Andy. "And if I had hit him upon the head with the large stick, I would have broken his head in pieces."

"Are you going to take the stick out of his mouth?" Marggy's Mama asked Raggedy Andy, "The great big Dragon might eat someone else up just as he did Raggedy Ann."

Raggedy Ann laughed. "The great big Dragon wouldn't harm anyone even if he did swallow them," she said. "For he is hollow all the way to the tip of his tail. And if he swallowed anyone, all they would have to do would be to kick real hard and they could kick a large hole right through him."

Raggedy Andy walked up to the large paper Dragon and took the big stick out of its mouth. "There," said Raggedy Andy. "Does that feel better?"

"Yes indeed!" the Dragon replied. "When my mouth was propped open with the stick, it made cold chills run all the way to the tip end of my long tail, and it felt just like someone had left the front door wide open on a cold day."

"Then after this, you mustn't swallow anyone again," said Raggedy Andy.

"I did not swallow Raggedy Ann," the Dragon replied.

"No, he didn't, that's true," Raggedy Ann agreed. "I jumped into his mouth, because I saw right away he was made out of paper and thin slats of wood. I knew someone had to rescue the little red magical ball of darning cotton or we would never find Marggy's Daddy."

"What do you eat, Mister Dragon?" Marggy's Mama asked as she walked up and thumped the Dragon's head to see if he really and truly was paper.

"I never eat anything," the Dragon replied, "But lots of times when I yawn the wind blows pieces of paper right in my mouth and dry leaves and I do not know how to get them out again! I'm afraid maybe if mice find out I have pieces of paper and nice dry leaves in me, they might build nests in my paper body. And you know how mice are, sometimes they chew holes in things."

"I tell you what let's do! Let's pull him up into a tree by the tip end of his tail and shake all the leaves and pieces of paper out," Raggedy Andy said.

Marggy and her Mama couldn't climb trees like Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, so they stayed upon the ground and boosted the paper Dragon's tail up to Raggedy Ann and Andy. Then Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy shook the paper Dragon's tail until all the leaves and pieces of paper rattled down to his mouth. Then Marggy and her Mama cleaned all the leaves and paper out of the paper Dragon's mouth and he felt very, very much better.

Then Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy and Marggy and her Mama told the paper Dragon good-bye and followed the little red magical ball of darning cotton through the woods.


Copyright 1926 by The P. F. Volland Company
Copyright renewed 1954 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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