As I child I grew up with a Raggedy Ann doll. She had been handmade by a friend of my mother's and was kept on a shelf in our playroom. We weren't really allowed to play with her too much, as my mother was afraid something would happen to her. None the less, my sister and I loved her and we would take her down occasionally for tea parties and other times.
My mother still has the doll at her house, still sitting on a shelf. My daughter has asked about her and we have explained how special and delicate she is. We have let her hold her, but not play with her. So when I learned that Aurora had recently released a line of Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls I was really excited!
These dolls are also handmade, but they are so well made that they are ready to be played with! I received a Raggedy Ann doll to check out in person and I am so thrilled with the quality. It's very similar to the doll of my childhood, with fantastic detail on the face, and the trademark yarn hair. She looks very vintage but in a clean and crisp way. She's a doll that invites you to play with her, and I so thrilled to be able to hand this one over to my daughter for hours of imaginative fun!
I think this is so fabulous to bring back a beloved classic character and her brother. The traditional rag dolls are familiar across generations since they date back to the early 1900's as dolls and characters in children's books. For many, this is a wonderful opportunity to bridge a generation gap and share a toy that parents and grandparents played with and loved. What a wonderful way to share and bond with your child!
Aurora has worked with Hasbro to bring these characters back into the arms of children. They are designed for children 18 months and older and there is a nice selection available. The classic Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls are available in 8", 12", 16" and 25". They also have a Fancy Pals style for Raggedy Ann in a butterfly or Red Ribbon design.
You can learn more about the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy line from Aurora, as well as check out the rest of their quality products, at their website. You can also visit Aurora on Facebook for news and updates. And you can start your holiday shopping now and save with FREE Shipping on orders over $50 until August 31st, 2012. Use promo code: YooHoo12
* I received a Raggedy Ann doll from Aurora for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.