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    Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle    

Chapter 1: How Raggedy Andy Came

Performer: LibriVox - Laura Denson


One day Daddy took Raggedy Ann down to his office and propped her up against some books upon his desk; he wanted to have her where he could see her cheery smile all day, for, as you must surely know, smiles and happiness are truly catching.

Daddy wished to catch a whole lot of Raggedy Ann's cheeriness and happiness and put all this down on paper, so that those who did not have Raggedy Ann dolls might see just how happy and smiling a rag doll can be.

So Raggedy Ann stayed at Daddy's studio for three or four days.

She was missed very, very much at home and Marcella really longed for her, but knew that Daddy was borrowing some of Raggedy Ann's sunshine, so she did not complain.

Raggedy Ann did not complain either, for in addition to the sunny, happy smile she always wore (it was painted on), Raggedy Ann had a candy heart, and of course no one (not even a rag doll) ever complains if they have such happiness about them.

One evening, just as Daddy was finishing his day's work, a messenger boy came with a package; a nice, soft lumpy package.

Daddy opened the nice, soft lumpy package and found a letter.

Gran'ma had told Daddy, long before this, that at the time Raggedy Ann was made, a neighbor lady had made a boy doll, Raggedy Andy, for her little girl, who always played with Gran'ma.

And when Gran'ma told Daddy this she wondered whatever had become of her little playmate and the boy doll, Raggedy Andy.

After reading the letter, Daddy opened the other package which had been inside the nice, soft, lumpy package and found - Raggedy Andy.

Raggedy Andy had been carefully folded up.

His soft, loppy arms were folded up in front of him and his soft, loppy legs were folded over his soft, loppy arms, and they were held this way by a rubber band.

Raggedy Andy must have wondered why he was being "done up" this way, but it could not have caused him any worry, for in between where his feet came over his face Daddy saw his cheery smile.

After slipping off the rubber band, Daddy smoothed out the wrinkles in Raggedy Andy's arms and legs.

Then Daddy propped Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy up against books on his desk, so that they sat facing each other; Raggedy Ann's shoe button eyes looking straight into the shoe button eyes of Raggedy Andy.

They could not speak-not right out before a real person-so they just sat there and smiled at each other.

Daddy could not help reaching out his hands and feeling their throats.

Yes! There was a lump in Raggedy Ann's throat, and there was a lump in Raggedy Andy's throat. A cotton lump, to be sure, but a lump nevertheless.

"So, Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, that is why you cannot talk, is it?" said Daddy.

"I will go away and let you have your visit to yourselves, although it is good to sit and share your happiness by watching you."

Daddy then took the rubber band and placed it around Raggedy Ann's right hand, and around Raggedy Andy's right hand, so that when he had it fixed properly they sat and held each other's hands.

Daddy knew they would wish to tell each other all the wonderful things that had happened to them since they had parted more than fifty years before.

So, locking his studio door, Daddy left the two old rag dolls looking into each other's eyes.

The next morning, when Daddy unlocked his door and looked at his desk, he saw that Raggedy Andy had fallen over so that he lay with his head in the bend of Raggedy Ann's arm.

    Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle    

Chapter 1: How Raggedy Andy Came

Performer: LibriVox - Laura Denson

Directions

Study the story for one week.

Over the week:

  • Read or listen to the story one or more times.
  • Review the synopsis.
  • Study the vocabulary words.
  • Complete the enrichment activities.
  • Discuss the review questions.

Synopsis

Marcella's daddy borrows Raggedy Ann and brings her to his office. Daddy receives a letter and a package in the mail which contains Raggedy Andy. Raggedy Ann was originally owned by Marcella's grandmother. Raggedy Andy was owned by a little girl who played with Marcella's grandmother. Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy are now reunited after fifty years. Daddy fastens a rubber band around Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy's hands so they can hold hands.

New Words

Propped: Put something underneath someone or something for support.
Package: An object or objects wrapped in paper or plastic, or packed in a box.
Lump: A piece or mass of something.

Word definitions in this document derived from Google Search 'define'.

Enrichment

Activity 1: Study the Story Pictures

  • Before reading or listening to the story, study and describe the pictures accompanying the story.

Activity 2: Recite the Book Information

  • Before and after reading or listening to the story, recite aloud the name of the author, the title of the book, and the title of the chapter.

Activity 3: Narrate the Story

  • After reading or listening to the story, narrate the events of the story aloud in your own words.

Activity 4: Study the Story

Study the picture of Raggedy Andy below, and find the following items:

  • Red yarn hair
  • Eyes
  • Triangle nose
  • Smile
  • Blue trousers/overalls
  • Plaid shirt
  • White and red striped socks
  • Black shoes
  • Sailor hat
  • Black bow tie
  • Colored buttons
  • Bouquet

Review Questions

Question 1

What is in the package that Daddy receives?
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Answer 1

The package that Daddy receives contains Raggedy Andy.
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Question 2

Why does Daddy borrow Raggedy Ann from Marcella?
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Answer 2

Daddy borrows Raggedy Ann to reunite her with Raggedy Andy.
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Question 3

Why does Daddy fasten a rubber band around Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann's hands?
3 / 3

Answer 3

Daddy fastens the rubber band so the two dolls can hold hands.
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  1. What is in the package that Daddy receives? The package that Daddy receives contains Raggedy Andy.
  2. Why does Daddy borrow Raggedy Ann from Marcella? Daddy borrows Raggedy Ann to reunite her with Raggedy Andy.
  3. Why does Daddy fasten a rubber band around Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann's hands? Daddy fastens the rubber band so the two dolls can hold hands.