This campy story by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman was published in The Children’s Book of Christmas Stories in 1913. It’s about a kind young girl, a lonely scarecrow, and Santa’s proposal for a new job scaring off polar explorers.
The story is about a little boy who only likes to do things that are agreeable to him, and dislikes work of any kind. His mother has indulged her son to this end, and when he finds himself old enough to attend school, he finds the schoolmaster to be unreasonable in his expectations and believes him to be overly stern. As the story unfolds, Little Daffydowndilly learns a lot about himself and his schoolmaster.
Raggedy is a rag doll with shoe button eyes, she is totally trusted by the other toys and is always smiling no matter what happens.
Is Bobby dreaming? Could this really be happening? Since when did he become a specimen?