Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Raggedy Stories Dolls - Ann Illustrations Coloring Pages Free E-Book


"Raggedy Ann" is one of most popular dolls on the planet for little girls and grown-ups girls and has been since she was introduced to the world by Johnny Gruelle in 1918.  I for one am a huge fan of the Raggedy Ann Stories Books Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle and was introduced to them by my Grandmother many years ago.  I loved the stories and loved my own Raggedy Ann dolls.

So, of course, when "primitive" dolls - especially "raggedies" (which are versions of Raggedy Ann dolls) became all the rage two decades ago I was thrilled.  Around this same time primitive decor was all the rage and gaining in popularity online which created a ton of primitive websites, blogs, and groups. It seemed there were primitives everywhere and no shortage of freebies for creating all sorts of primitive dolls and crafts for home decor, but especially "raggedies."

So, given how much I love history and old books I decided to see if there was a copy of some of the old "Raggedy Ann" books out there on Project Gutenberg which displays books that are in the public domain.  To my delight there was a "Raggedy Ann Stories"  ebook written in 1918 and a "Raggedy Andy Stories" ebook written in 1920 that were now in the public domain.

As far as Raggedy Ann is concerned, one of the legends surrounding her creation is that a little girl was rummaging around her Grandmother's attic and finds a battered old doll with only one button eye. She brings the doll down to her grandmother who sews on a missing button eye.  While reminiscing about playing with Raggedy Ann as a young girl she decides to give it to her granddaughter and in doing so introduces her granddaughter to the world of Raggedy Ann.  And so Raggedy Ann was born.

I found the Raggedy Ann's Stories with illustrations by Johnny Gruelle to be charming and decided I would create a free coloring book based on the illustrations from the 1918 free ebook so all the little girls and grown-up girls could enjoy coloring images of their favorite doll together.  Kind of like a shared young and old experience.


I hope you have fun coloring  the different illustrations I have combined into 26 different coloring pages and hope they provide you with hours of coloring enjoyment.




My free coloring pages e-book contains contains twenty-six individual 8 1/2" by 11" coloring pages.

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I hope you enjoy my free coloring pages e-book and hope they inspire you to read the free "Raggedy Ann Stories" free Gutenberg.org e-book .  You can find links to the free e-book posted by the Gutenberg.org in my Linda's Blog post entitled: "Raggedy Ann Stories Written & Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle Free E-Book ."

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