Artist Johnny Gruelle patented a doll in 1915 that he called Raggedy Ann. This charming illustrated story for children tells how that doll was created. Along with the beloved doll, Marcella, the artist’s daughter, is star of the tale. This is the story of how Raggedy Ann came to be, from scraps in a sewing basket to a cherished doll that has delighted people across the world for over eighty-five years.
Though he had a hunch, Johnny Gruelle didn’t know what to expect or whether the buying public would really take to hand-crafted rag dolls. As it turned out, however, Raggedy Ann, her brother, Raggedy Andy, and the countless books, songs, and even films featuring them were the perfect diversions for a public weary from World War I. They continue to be a source of joy for young people, collectors, and fans worldwide.
About the Author
Patricia Hall’s Johnny Gruelle collection is one of the most comprehensive in the world, encompassing books, dolls, merchandise, original artwork, correspondence, and photographs. In addition to Raggedy Ann and More: Johnny Gruelle’s Dolls and Merchandise, Hall also is the author of Johnny Gruelle, Creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy and Raggedy Ann and Andy Postcard Book, all published by Pelican. Patricia Hall lives in California with her husband, Barry Cohen, and son, David.
About the Illustrator
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, lovable Raggedies and all their friends. This not-for-profit museum traces the history of Johnny and the heartwarming dolls he created in 1915.
THE REAL-FOR-SURE STORY OF RAGGEDY ANN
By Patricia Hall
Illustrated by Joni Gruelle Wannamaker
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Toys, Dolls & Puppets
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illustrations