If I remember correctly, my first Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls had bright red or orange yarn hair which stood out from their heads. They had blue outfits with red and white striped legs. I took them everywhere, dragging them by their arms. They gave me quite a bit of joy as a child. I'm pretty sure if a similar one crosses my path in the future, it would be very hard to not buy it!
However, I tend to drool more over the vintage books about the droopy dolls then the acutal dolls themselves. Johhny Gruelle first published his Raggedy Ann book in 1918. Gruelle was a cartoonist, illustrator and author. There is quite a bit of legend surrounding the creation of Raggedy Ann. The basic story line is his daughter found an old ragdoll which he transformed into Raggedy Ann. A couple of years later he introduced Raggedy Andy into the story line.
Whatever Raggedy Ann and Andy book you choose to read, it will definately bring joy and spark your imagination!! Let me know what your favorite Raggedy Ann book is!
Woody Woodpecker was my favorite cartoon as a child. I loved and still do his iconic laugh. It's one of those things when you hear a woodpecker or someone mentions a woodpecker, you just have to do the laugh!
Woody was created in 1940 by Walter Lantz. His first television appearance was in the Knock Knock short film. I enjoy watching this film every now and then as you can always count on a good laugh from it!
Woody really evolved over the years, now he isn't really "screwball" looking!
One of my first memories of reading is learning how to read a Dick and Jane book. Starting in the 1930's, Dick and Jane were popular characters in basic readers. The books were written by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp and published by Scott Foresman. Other popular characters in the stories including Sally and Spot. Did you know that Spot was originally a cat?
Before We Read is a 1946 copy of The Basic Readers Pre-Reading Series. The book is in lesson form and allows children to use their imagination to tell the stories about Dick, Jane, Sally and Spot.