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Beloved Belindy: a Raggedy Ann book. Hardcover – January 1, 1926


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Chicago: M. A. Donohue; Sixth Edition edition (1926)
  • ASIN: B001KJT17I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,507,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol on November 27, 2010
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I was thrilled to get this book! The price was so low and I wasn't sure how good it would be at this price! WOW I was so happy how their description was and how nice the book was! Thank you so much!!!
A Raggedy Ann collector, Carol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on August 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This classic collection is one in a long, sweet line of stories based on the dolls and toys in the nursery of the real Marcella. Author-illustrator Johnny Guelle created several adorable doll characters in the early 20th century. Originally written to amuse his own invalid daughter, Marcella, these simple tales with minimum plot, conflict and violence became a bedtime staple for millions of American children for decades. The most well known dolls, of course, is the actual doll, Raggedy Ann, and then her brother, Raggedy Andy; but these two famous dolls barely speak in this eleven-chapter collection.

Beloved Belindy, a black Mammy doll sporting a red kerchief, is clearly the star here, for it is she who orchestrates many games for her nursery brood and organizes rescues when necessary. Each chapter is a complete tale in itself--delightfully illustrated with bright, cheerful drawings which make it easy for children to visualize each doll's distinctive features. The real humans (Marcella, Mamma, Daddy, Grandma) are frequently referenced, but do not interact verbally with the dolls. You see that toys must remain limp wherever their little mistress has left them; they may only speak and move when the "folks" are gone or asleep. However, the dolls can communicate verbally with Hairy, the puppy dog and Dickie bird, the canary. In this book they even speak with a wooden cuckoo and two tiny elves.

Now the style is a bit saccharine for contemporary taste and even worse occasionally dummied-down. Kids being read to quickly catch on that Cleety is the clown, and Percy the policeman, yet every time these dolls are mentioned, Gruelle adds the repetitious professional tag.
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By Stephanie Thibault on March 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The colorful illustrations in this book were selected to be displayed with one of my favorite dolls, Beloved Belindy, who was
featured in a display and presentation on Storybook Characters and their Books. Just like Raggedy Ann and Andy, the stories
featuring Beloved Belindy, are highly cherished. Readability level is second grade. This book is in remarkable condition and
I am so happy to have found one at a very reasonable price. Usually this book, when found in this condition, goes for a high
price due to lack of availability. First published in 1926, 1941 and this copy in 1953, surviving copies are few.. Ecstatic to find
this book for such a fantastic price. Superb customer service!
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