Before Toy Story warmed our hearts with toys coming to life after their children left the room, Raggedy Ann was the first to show the exciting and endearing world of a toy's life. Join lovable Raggedy Ann and her friends as they venture on amazing adventures together, inspiring good morals, friendship, and joy to young listeners.
As I write this, I have before me on my desk, propped up against the telephone, an old rag doll. Dear old Raggedy Ann! The same Raggedy Ann with which my mother played when a child. There she sits, a trifle loppy and loose-jointed, looking me squarely in the face in a straightforward, honest manner, a twinkle where her shoe-button eyes reflect the electric light. Evidently Raggedy has been to a tea party" today, for her face is covered with chocolate.
Long before talking toys that were best of friends came to the big screen there was an illustrator named Johnny Gruelle who encouraged imagination. He created a loveable set of siblings named Raggedy Anne and Andy who come to life when no one is looking. These are the stories of this duo along with their friends Uncle Clem, the French Doll, Henny, and Susan. They are visited by a rocking horse, the Easter Rabbit and Santa Claus.
Dear old Raggedy Ann! The beloved rag doll who comes to life and along with the other toys in the nursery has a series of exciting adventures. Generations of children have listened round eyed and open mouthed as Raggedy Ann flies away on a kite, rescues the family dog from the pound, helps the hens hatch out chicks and lands up in the paint pot. Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938) was an American artist, cartoonist and children's author. One day his daughter Marcella found a dusty, faceless rag doll in the attic.
Raggedy Ann has charmed millions with her warm and optimistic outlook and unflappable approach to difficulties, while Raggedy Andy has pleased fans with his adventurous spirit and compassionate nature. As Gruelle’s granddaughter said, “[These stories contain] nothing to cause fright, glorify mischief, excuse malice, or condone cruelty.” All the original twenty-four stories from Johnny Gruelle’s two books are included here, and all are guaranteed to delight and inspire.
This unabridged recording contains all the original Raggedy Andy stories as Andy is reunited with his sister, Raggedy Ann, and brings a dance, a pillow fight, and a taffy pull into the lives of the other dolls. Andy bravely ventures into the gutter to find the penny dolls, "cures" the French doll, and encounters the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and a beautiful seashell.
On this unabridged program, listeners will hear all the original Raggedy Ann stories, as they follow Raggedy Ann to Marcella's nursery and watch her quickly become the leader of the dolls, and the world. After learning a lesson from a naughty raid on the pantry, Raggedy Ann strives to be good, and succeeds.