They like to take walks through the flowers and the trees
Where they can visit with their friends, the bears, bees and bunnies.
There is no way you could despise
those happy little shoe-button eyes.

1-2-3-4
Raggedy Ann and Andy in the deep, deep woods
Spreading joy around always doing what's good.
Giving cotton hugs to the fairies and the owls.
Sharing all the fun never thinking of themselves.

Raggedy Ann is lucky enough
To have a wishing pedal in her cotton fluff
She wishes for lots of goodies
For all her woodland friends
Cause when you're with the Raggedy's
The fun never ends.

Raggedy Ann and Andy in the deep, deep woods
Spreading joy around always doing what's good.
Giving cotton hugs to the fairies and the owls.
Sharing all the fun never thinking of themselves.

And they go hippty, chippity, clickety clack, rappity tack
Cluck cluck chuckle tripity zap
hippity trippity clickety clack rappity tap
Cluck cluck chuckle tripity zap, zooby doo

Lots of special friends that the Raggedy's know
In the deep deep woods when ever they go
Walter Reed, the Littles and Freddy Fox are there
The Hooty owl and flying squirrel and Benjimin bear

Raggedy Ann and Andy in the deep, deep woods
Spreading joy around always doing what's good.
Giving cotton hugs to the fairies and the owls.
Sharing all the fun never thinking of themselves.

And they go hippty, chippity, clickety clack, rappity tack
Cluck cluck chuckle tripity zap
hippity trippity clickety clack rappity tap
Cluck cluck chuckle tripity zap, zooby doo

Raggedy Ann and Andy in the deep deep woods
With the charm of being kind and always doing what good
Having lots of fun with their courious friends
When your with the Raggedys the fun never ends
There is no way you could despise
Those happy little shoe-button eyes




In Chicago, 1908, German-born Paul Frederick Volland founded the Volland Company. Originally intending to publish greeting cards that would compete with the European-dominated industry, by 1917 Volland had transformed the company into a nine acre plant that now included calendars, and books for adults and children. Through Volland's vision of publishing high-quality, mass-produced books, his books for children proved to be the most successful. He had limited funds to do so in the beginning, but even so, he was still able to employ the skills of such noted children's book authors as Elizabeth Gordon, Elizabeth Brown Kirkland, Olive Beaupre Miller, and Miriam Clark Potter. His roster of illustrators included M.T. Ross, John Rae of Howard Pyle's Brandywine School, John Gee, and Maginel Wright Enright, the sister of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Volland found its most profitable and beloved author/illustrator in 1916 when it published Quacky Doodles' and Danny Daddles' Book by Johnny Gruelle. In 1918, Gruelle debuted his Raggedy Ann Stories, featuring a loveable rag doll and her adventures. It was wildly popular and spawned Raggedy Andy Stories and other adventures featuring the pair.

In its continued success throughout the 20s, Volland merged with art calendar and greeting card manufacturer Gerlach-Barklow and moved its headquarters to Joliet, IL. However, after the 1929 stock market crash, they found it difficult to stay in business. Quality suffered slightly as they were forced to use cheaper paper and covers in order to cut costs. By the early 30s, not even Gruelle's success could keep the company afloat and they abandoned the book business altogether. Volland's son Gordon did start his own publishing company, known as Buzza and continued to publish books of similar style, but did not take over any of the business.

In order to continue the Raggedy Ann tradition, in 1935 the Donahue Publishing Company purchased the plates from the Raggedy Ann series to reprint them. In 1939, the Johnny Gruelle Company acquired from Volland the plates to the nine original books in the series and continued to reprint them. Raggedy Ann books are still in print today.




 

 



  





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