Beloved Belindy – Written and Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle
‘Beloved Belindy’ is written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle, forming part of ‘The Raggedy Ann Series.’ Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll. He drew a face on it, and from his bookshelf, pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, combining the names of two poems, ‘The Raggedy Man’ and ‘Little Orphant Annie.’ From this moment on, the much-loved children’s series went from strength to strength. This particular text, focused on the adventures of Beloved Belindy, provides entertainment as well as moral lessons for young audiences; to be kind to those you meet, to always be generous, and to help those that need it.
John Barton Gruelle (1880 – 1930), was born in Arcola, Illinois, in 1880. He was an American artist and political cartoonist, as well as a children’s book illustrator and author. His most famous illustrated works include Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1914), All About the Little Small Red Hen (1917), and of course, the Raggedy Ann series. Sought after by collectors, this re-printed edition showcases Gruelle’s original text, further enhanced by his wonderful colour drawings, in order that the two may be fully appreciated by young and old alike.
This book forms part of our ‘Pook Press’ imprint, celebrating the golden age of illustration in children’s literature.