Book of the Week: Raggedy Ann Stories

March 22, 2007

I first picked up The Raggedy Ann Stories — a reproduction of the original stories first written in 1918 — because the illustrations are so beautiful. The quality and style of children’s book illustrations from early in the last century are endlessly appealing to me. Plus, my children’s bedrooms tend to take on a vintage vibe and this book fit in well.

But one day, we read it. And LOVED it. I felt a little bit dumb — Raggedy Ann has been a tried and true children’s icon for generations, why was I surprised the stories were good? (Maybe it’s because many current icons, like My Little Pony and Barbie, aren’t based on stories at all.)

The writing is lovely. The language sounds a hundred years old, and I like my children to hear it. And the stories are so sweet and kind — bravery, honesty and friendship are each reccuring themes. Some of those dolls in the playroom are quite snobby to little Raggedy Ann, but she always forgives.

We also have another volume called Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees. In my opinion, it’s not nearly as good as the original — maybe Johnny Gruelle sold out with the later stories when he realized he had a hit.

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1 Lindsey March 22, 2007 at 8:38 am

Okay, heading over to Amazon. I think we need this. I love Raggedy Ann. When I was a little girl my whole bedroom had the Raggedy Ann and Andy theme. I still have a quilt my grandma made for me.

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2 liz March 22, 2007 at 4:39 pm

I have to tell you how much i love this feature. The visit to the library is always a disaster for Zane, screams, cries, and we have to leave quickly with some random book off the shelf he hates.

TODAY I went prepared. Going out to lunch as a bribe for good behavior and a bunch of books listed on paper I found from this feature on DM! It was a success (for us, I am sure we were still too loud).

Thanks for the listed books!

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3 Juliane March 22, 2007 at 9:51 pm

I LOVE Raggedy Ann!! I remember a childhood friend had a 4 or 5 year old B-day party in the park and who made a special appearance? Someone dressed up as Raggedy Ann – she was a hit! Ah, the good ol’ days…

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