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Raggedy Ann and Andy (Rag Doll) Activities
The history of the Raggedy Ann doll is very touching. She began as an old, family rag doll. A little girl named Marcella found her in the attic one rainy day.
Marcella's father, Johnny Gruelle (December 24, 1880 - January 9, 1938), saw how pleased his little girl was with her find, so he repaired the doll and named her Raggedy Ann. The hand-me down toy soon became Marcella's favorite plaything.
Sadly, Marcella grew ill and died at the age of 13. Her father was devastated, but in memory of his daughter and her special doll, Johnny began writing stories about Raggedy Ann.
The stories were published in the early 1900's and over time, Johnny gave Raggedy Ann a brother named Andy. These two rag dolls and their many other storybook friends had magical adventures and became favorite playthings for many, many other little girls and boys.
Raggedy Ann and Andy BookmarksAge 4+ or so (when they begin reading)
Raggedy Ann and Andy Writing PaperAge 5+ or so (when they can print)