Simon & Schuster
Come celebrate the world of Johnny Gruelle and Raggedy Ann in this beautifully rendered retrospective gift book, and and discover a world where candy grows on trees, towns are made of cookies, and fairy folk and magic reign supreme.
Johnny Gruelle's classic Raggedy Ann and Andy stories have warmed the hearts of childre for decades. Ever since the first Raggedy Ann book was published in 1918, readers have been eager to know more about the creator of these wondrous characters. Now fans can learn the story behind these two button-eyed dolls and their many friends such as Uncle Clem, Cleety the Clown, Beloved Belindy, and Quacky Doodles.
Patricia Hall, one of America's most well-known Raggedy enthusiasts has put magical pen to paper and showcased the creations of one of the country's more adored childrne's writers and illustrators. She explores not only the evolution of these rag dolls over the last 85 years, but also the language and social mores that made their stories so popular.
Overflowing with vibrant, full-color illustrations by Gruelle, this celebration of Raggedy Ann and Andy also contains a special centerfold of Gruelle's many storybook characaters, and includes a limited edition Raggedy Ann print, suitable for framing.
Peering down from atop a shelf, heads bent to one side, they could have been tossed up there yesterday. But the knowing smiles, wise shoe-button eyes, and smudges left from countless hugs and kisses give away the true age of these little playthings. If only these dolls could talk, what a tale they could tell--one that goes back more than 80 years.
Most everyone knows Raggedy Ann and Andy. Frolicking their way through adventure after adventure, the little rag dolls with the triangle noses and yarn hair have become worldwide symbols of love, friendship, and make-believe. Beloved by both children and adults, the venerable Raggedys that appear to have sprung from the mists of folk tradition, were actually the inspired brainchildren of a turn-of-the-century artist named Johnny Gruelle, who got a bright idea from an old family plaything and decided to make something of it.