Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Raggedy Ann and the Kite

Raggedy Ann watched with interest the preparations.


A number of sticks were being fastened together with strings and covered with light cloth.


Raggedy Ann heard some of the boys talk of "The Kite," so Raggedy Ann knew this must be a kite.

When a tail had been fastened to the kite and a large ball of heavy twine tied to the front, one of the boys held the kite up in the air and another boy walked off, unwinding the ball of twine.


There was a nice breeze blowing, so the boy with the twine called, "Let 'er go" and started running.


Marcella held Raggedy up so that she could watch the kite sail through the air.


How nicely it climbed! But suddenly the kite acted strangely, and as all the children shouted advise to the boys with the ball of twine, the kite began darting this way and that, and finally making four or five loop-the-loops, it crashed to the ground.


"It needs more tail on it!" one boy shouted.


Then the children asked each other where they might get more rags to fasten to the tail of the kite.


"Let's tie Raggedy Ann to the tail!" suggested Marcella. "I know she would enjoy a trip 'way up in the sky!"


The boys all shouted with delight at this new suggestion. So Raggedy Ann was tied to the tail of the kite.


This time the kite rose straight in the air and remained steady. The boy with the ball of the twine unwound it until the kite and Raggedy Ann were 'way, 'way up and far away. How Raggedy Ann enjoyed being up there! She could see for miles and miles! And how tiny the children looked!


Suddenly a great puff of wind came and carried Raggedy Ann streaming 'way out behind the kite! She could hear the wind singing on the twine as the strain increased.


Suddenly Raggedy Ann felt something rip. It was the rag to which she was tied. As each puff of wind caught her the rip widened.


But while Marcella watched Raggedy Ann, a dot in the sky, she could not see the wind ripping the rags to which Raggedy Ann was tied.


Suddenly the rag parted and Raggedy Ann went sailing away as the wind caught in her skirts.


Marcella jumped from the ground, to surprised to say anything. The kite, released from the weight of Raggedy Ann began darting and swooping to the ground.


"We'll get her for you!" some of the boys said when they saw Marcella's troubled face, and they started running in the direction Raggedy Ann had fallen. Marcella and the other girls ran with them. They ran, and they ran, and at last they found the kite upon the ground with one of the sticks broken, but could not find Raggedy Ann anywhere.


"She must have fallen almost in your yard!" a boy said to Marcella, "for the kite was directly over here when the doll fell!"


Marcella was heartbroken. She went in the house and lay on the bed. Mamma went out with the children and tried to find Raggedy Ann, but Raggedy Ann was nowhere to be seen.


When Daddy came home in the evening he tried to find Raggedy, but met with no success. Marcella had eaten hardly any dinner, nor could she be comforted by Mamma or Daddy. The other dolls in the nursery lay forgotten and were not put to bed that night, for Marcella lay and sobbed and tossed about her bed.


Now, where do you suppose Raggedy Ann was all this time?

When Raggedy Ann dropped from the kite, the wind caught in her skirts, and carried her along until she fell in the fork of the large elm tree directly over Marcella's house. When Raggedy Ann fell with a thud, face up in the fork of the tree, two robins who had a nest nearby flew chattering away.


Presently the robins returned and quarreled at Raggedy Ann for laying so close to their nest, but Raggedy Ann only smiled at them and did not move.


When the robins quieted down and quit their quarreling, one of them hopped up closer to Raggedy Ann in order to investigate.

It was Mamma Robin. She called to Daddy Robin and told him to come. See the nice yarn! We could use it to line the nest with," she said.

So the robins hopped closer to Raggedy Ann and asked if they might have some of her yarn hair to line their nest. Raggedy Ann smiled at them. So the robins pulled and tugged at Raggedy Ann"s yarn hair until they had enough to line their nest nice and soft.


Evening came and the robins sang their good night songs, and Raggedy Ann watched the stars come out, twinkle all night and disappear in the morning light. In the morning the robins pulled yarn from Raggedy Ann's head, and loosened her so she could peep over the side of the limb, and when the sun came up Raggedy Ann saw she was in the trees in her own yard.

Now before she could eat any breakfast, Marcella started out to find Raggedy Ann. And, it was Marcella who found her. And this is how she did it.

Mamma Robin had seen Marcella with Raggedy Ann out in the yard many times, so she began calling "Cheery! Cheery!" and Daddy Robin started calling "Cheery! Cheery! Cheer up ! Cheer up! Cheerily! Cheerily! Cheery! Cheery!" And Marcella looking up in the tree above the house to see the robins, discovered Raggedy Ann peeping over the limb at her.

Oh, how her heart beat with happiness. "Here is Raggedy Ann," she shouted.

And Mamma and Daddy came out and saw Raggedy Ann smiling at them, and Daddy got the clothes prop and climbed out of the attic window and poked Raggedy Ann out of the tree and she fell right into Marcella's arms where she was hugged in a tight embrace.

"You'll never go up on a kite again, Raggedy Ann!" said Marcella, "for I felt so lost without you. I will never let you leave me again."

So Raggedy Ann went into the house and had breakfast with her little mistress and Mamma and Daddy smiled at each other when they peeped through the door into the breakfast room, for Raggedy Ann's smile was wide and very yellow. Marcella, her heart full of happiness, was feeding Raggedy Ann part of her egg.

Special thanks the The Project Gutenberg for allowing me to condense this free Ebook. C&G Design


9 comments:

Kathleen said...

Dawn, what a wonderful story. It was a great way to start my day. Hope your day is wonderful today! Hugs, Kathleen

tina said...

Very nice story this morning. I was right there with Raggedy Ann.

Jean said...

My regular Wednesday morning date with Raggedy Ann did not let me down again this week. They are always great dates that I enjoy.

Skeeter said...

Loved this wonderful story! A great way to start my day...

Yesterday while in town we were stopped behind a car and I notice their license plate (KY I think) had two doll type characters on it. I thought they looked like Ann and Andy! I thought of you Dawn!

Be on the look-out for gumballs in your mail box!

Dawn said...

Out of all of the stories so far, this one is my favorite.
You are so funny Skeeter, first I couldn't figure out what you were talking about!

Dawn said...

Gumballs in the mail.....can't wait, I have a pattern for wreaths

lola said...

Great story Dawn. It held me in suspense to see what happened to Raggedy Ann. Then to see where & who would find her. Glad she is home at last.
Let us see the wreath when you get it finished. Will you put some kind of sealer on it?

Dawn said...

Hi Lola, I hadn't thought of a sealer but that's a good idea, and yes, I'll do a post on it.

Protector of Vintage said...

Love that story. I'm glad you mentioned The Project Gutenberg. I hadn't heard of it before. Looks like a great site for me to check-out. Take care~