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Recently, a teacher friend of mine posted on Facebook asking for book suggestions to read to her class, and I recommended that she check out the Raggedy Ann books.
Raggedy Ann has been an iconic character for many years. You’re probably familiar with her and her companion Raggedy Andy.
Their merchandise has become collectable, and their features are on just about everything – glasses, curtains, trays, clothes. I think everyone has dressed as a rag doll for Halloween at some point, and it’s typically a version of Raggedy Ann.
Unfortunately, while many may know who she is, not many people these days have actually read the Raggedy Ann books. That’s partially because they’re a bit difficult to find, rather pricey, and some may say outdated. Luckily for me, my mother has most if not all of the books from her childhood. I loved reading them, and I’m due for a re-read. I’m sure when we visit my parents with Little Bit, I’ll get to refresh my memory some.
If you’ve never had the chance to read them, they are early chapter books chronicling the adventures of the two rag dolls. Raggedy Ann and Andy go on the wildest adventures in the most magical lands. They meet hobby horses who talk, cookie people, witches, and magicians. Or sometimes they just venture downstairs to the kitchen with the other toys. Whatever their location there is always a moral to each story.
Raggedy Ann has a candy heart which makes her sweet and kind-hearted. Children can learn so much through her stories, and I wish they were more popular now!
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a collector’s set of the same hardback books my mother has. Although you can find the majority of them in individuals, they don’t have the same cover art that I grew up with.
What books from your childhood do you wish everyone could read? Let me know in the comments!