Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees

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The Beautiful French doll Babette has been kidnapped by pirates and it's up to a Raggedy Ann and Andy to rescue her. After taking a magical balloon ride to Fairyland, Raggedy Ann and Andy meet a most unusual doll -- a soft flannel Camel with wrinkled knees. Stolen from his own nursery years earlier, the Camel Joins Raggedy Ann and Andy in their search for Babette. Along they way, they make friends with a tired old horse, travel to the Land of the Loonies, and reunite a little girl with her brother. They also stumble upon a kindly old witch who helps them find and rescue Babette. But things aren't always what they seem and the Raggedys are in for a big surprise. In this exuberant adventure story, readers will learn a very important lesson about understanding and forgiveness.

Celebrate the world of Johnny Gruelle with this enchanting Raggedy Ann and Andy storybook. First published in 1924, Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees was considered one of the most popular storybooks ever written by Johnny Gruelle. It has been restored to its original condition with glorious full-color artwork. Readers will want to tag long with the Raggedys again and again.

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Johnny Gruelle was an extremely talented cartoonist, illustrator, and storyteller. He had already written and illustrated a book of original fairy tales before creating the Raggedy Ann and Andy stories. Raggedy Ann, heroine of the first book, was a favorite doll of his daughter, Marcella, who died after a long illness at the age of thirteen. Johnny Gruelle eventually created over forty Raggedy Ann and Andy books, all capturing his unique version of childhood.

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Grade 2-4-First published in 1924, the full-length story is still in print, but this version features large- and small-scale pop-ups. Textually, many of the talkier, precious passages have been excised, but the notably episodic plot is left intact. When the French doll Babette is snatched, Raggedy Ann and Andy give up thinking "nice, kindly thoughts," and take off in pursuit. Having gathered up a worn toy camel and other helpers, taken a side trip into "Loonie Land," and effected several rescues, the button-eyed band battle a pirate crew that turns out to be a group of girls in disguise, who had stolen Babette because they just wanted a nice doll. The illustrations are taken or adapted from the originals; on each of the six spreads, a large central tableau springs up, flanked by narrow, folded-over leaves of text with smaller 3-D effects. With no strings, slides, or pull tabs, the format lends itself to static display-but despite a superficial resemblance to Robert Sabuda's pop-up reinterpretations of classic tales, it's still a period piece, more a gift item for collectors than a necessary addition to library collections.-John Peters, New York Public Library
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