Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tea in the Library #39

Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,

An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;

An' all us other children, when the supper-things is done,

We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,

An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you
- Little Orphant Annie - James Whitcomb Riley

O the Raggedy Man! He works fer Pa;

An' he's the goodest man ever you saw! 

He comes to our house every day,

An' waters the horses, an' feeds 'em hay; 
An' he opens the shed—an' we all ist laugh

When he drives out our little old wobble-ly calf;

An' nen—ef our hired girl says he can—

He milks the cow fer 'Lizabuth Ann.— 

    Ain't he a' awful good Raggedy Man? 

         Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man! 
-Raggedy Man, James Whitcomb Riley

Raggedy Ann is a character created by American author Johnny Gruelle (1880-1838). The name was inspired by the title of two poems by James Whitcomb Riley, The Raggedy Man  and  Little Orphant Annie .

The poems are nostalgic, celebrating childhood memories of people who despite their poor circumstances where rich in kindness.
You can read more about Raggedy Ann  here:
Raggedy Ann

Thank you to my MIL for sharing some of her Raggedy Ann collection.

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