I'm digging out the books.
The Raggedy Ann Stories and The Raggedy Andy Stories are bargain edition reprints purchased at Barnes & Noble years ago. Through eBay, I lucked upon a little Weekly Reader hardcover from the 1980s called The Tunnel of Lost Toys (not by Johnny Gruelle, obviously) and some lovely, old-fashioned 1960s Bobbs-Merrill editions, a reprint of Raggedy Ann in Cookie Land and two actually published in 1961. Alas, I lost my copy of Raggedy Ann and the Cookie Snatcher (a Little Golden Book) many moons ago, but I found my beloved Raggedy Ann: A Thank You, Please, and I Love You Book.
I do love the original Gruelle illustrations. They are so detailed.
Raggedy Ann was a rag doll supposedly belonging to Gruelle's daughter, Marcella, who died tragically young. You can read a bit more about it here.
Raggedy Ann had such a resurgence of popularity in the 1970s. I had my share of Raggedy items.
Such as this Bobbs-Merrill wall plaque. And we had a hanging planter that may or may not be residing in my grandmother's basement now. And of course the giant doll my Great-Aunt Bonnie made, which you shall see in birthday party pictures next week.
This book holds a beloved place of honor in my sunny childhood memories. The illustrations (by June Goldsborough) may not be so magically detailed as the originals, but they do have that wonderful Golden Book charm.
This is why Raggedy Ann and Andy had such a resurgence. There was an onslaught of merchandise to tie in with this: Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure. Alas, the movie flopped. It isn't very good. Nickelodeon used to air it a lot in the 1980s, which is the only way I knew about it. The girls like it.
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