Collecting Childrens' Books
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Incredibly popular in their day, the Raggedy Ann and Andy books sprang from the personal tragedy of author Johnny Gruelle, whose daughter Marcella died when she was 13 years old. To deal with his grief, Gruelle created Raggedy Ann, based on a faceless rag doll he had given his daughter, which she loved immensely. In all, more than 40 Raggedy Ann and Andy books were published – not all of which were written by Gruelle – and they were nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, remaining very popular through the 1970s. If their star has diminished somewhat in the last 30+ years, they are still popular. The adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy are charming, sweet and totally surreal.