When I see candy hearts around Valentine's Day I think of Raggedy Ann! I enjoy collecting and ready children's books. I love all the Raggedy Ann and Andy stories and I especially enjoyed reading the stories to my granddaughter and my grandsons when they came to visit.
What I enjoy about the Raggedy Ann and Andy stories is there is a lesson to be learned and the little rag dolls always show love and kindness. I guess this is why the stories written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle are still around today, they are a wonderful children's classic.
This is a Raggedy Ann doll I made five years ago, she has a little wooden heart in her chest and then I sew a little red felt heart on top. She won a blue ribbon in a doll show last year.
I collect the old home made Raggedy Ann dolls from a pattern that was available in 1940, the Raggedy Ann with a cape. My collection is not that large, I limit buying to only the ones who seem to be stuffed with loads of personality. I do not collect the newer Raggedy Ann dolls because to me they look nothing like Raggedy Ann in the illustrations.
May you all be blessed with a forever smile and candy hearts!