The Real-For-Sure Story of Raggedy Ann

The Real-For-Sure Story of Raggedy Ann

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by Patricia Hall, Joni Gruelle Wannamaker

This charming illustrated story for young children tells how Raggedy Ann came to be, from scraps in a sewing basket to a cherished doll that has delighted people across the world.  See more details below


This charming illustrated story for young children tells how Raggedy Ann came to be, from scraps in a sewing basket to a cherished doll that has delighted people across the world.

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Children's Literature
This is the story of how Raggedy Ann and Andy came to be loved by children around the world. Written by Patricia Hall, who has the most comprehensive Johnny Gruelle collection in the world, and illustrated by his granddaughter, Joni Gruelle Wannamaker, this book adds authenticity and validity to the story of the dolls. The pictures illustrate the story so well that the story can be told without reading a word of the script (although the book is well-written). The book teaches values such as imagination, work, resourcefulness and giving to others. 2001, Pelican Publishing, $14.95. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Since its creation in 1915, this doll and her stories have become an intrinsic part of American culture. Here is the story of her creation told as the tale of a father's discovery in the attic of his grandmother's rag doll that he gave, as an afterthought, to his daughter on her fifth birthday. When he saw how much Marcella loved the doll, it gave him the idea to reproduce it. All of the details, so familiar to any owner of Raggedy Ann, are here: the heart on her chest, the striped-stockinged legs, the flowered dress, and white apron. Never mind that these toys are trademarked and merchandised. This is Raggedy Ann-and Andy-at the beginning. Watercolor illustrations portray an old-fashioned family sitting around the dining-room table sewing the first dolls, far from the manufacturing system that is today's reality. Some of the figures seem stiff and posed, but the dolls are always portrayed well. Although the prose verges on cuteness, the book will be popular with nostalgic parents and grandparents, who will enjoy sharing it at lap time.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Patricia Hall has written and lectured extensively on Johnny Gruelle and his contributions to American culture. Her collection of Gruelle’s books, dolls, correspondence, original artwork, business records, and photographs is one of the most comprehensive in the world. Many of these photographs appear in Raggedy Ann and More: Johnny Gruelle’s Dolls and Merchandise. Hall has also written an illustrated biography, Johnny Gruelle, Creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, published by Pelican.

Joni Gruelle Wannamaker is the granddaughter and namesake of Johnny Gruelle. She and her husband, Tom, reside in Arcola, Illinois, where they have founded the Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum dedicated to the floppy, loveable Raggedies and all their friends. This not-for-profit museum traces the history of Johnny and the heartwarming dolls he created in 1915.

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The Real-For-Sure Story of Raggedy Ann 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, this made my heart break! It was so touching how the girl cares for the doll. This is a touching story, I think that only Raggedy Ann, and Raggedy Andy owners would understand the girls feelings.PLEASE READ???!!!! { I'm sooo glad Raggedy Ann is now in the Toy Hall of Fame, after 87 YEARS! I can't belive she didn't make it earlier 'cause of Barbie! I guess a couple thousand leeters in March did the trick to get ' Annie' in!}