Holly Hobbie’s Time Book published in 1979 is today’s best buy. I picked it up at one of my favourite charity shops and paid .10cents for it. I loved Holly Hobbie when I was young so it is a nostalgic purchase. The hardcopy book has damage to the top and bottom of the spine but the pages are clean. It is ex-library. A very good copy of the book is listed on ebay for $US14.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Holly Hobbie:
In the early 1970s, Hobbie sold distinctive artwork of a cat-loving, rag dress-wearing little girl in a giant bonnet to American Greetings. This series of illustrations became immensely popular and her originally nameless character became known as “Holly Hobbie”.
Holly Hobbie, as a contract artist, worked with the Humorous Planning department at American Greetings under art director Rex Connors, who was responsible for launching “blue girl” as the most identifiable of the Hobby characters. Working in Humorous Planning at that time (1973, 1974) was Bob Childers, a veteran humorous concept artist and designer. Childers insisted that there should be a doll. Since no one seemed to listen, Childers went home and, on his own time, hand-stitched the first prototype and presented it to Connors. Rex Connors then took the doll to Tom Wilson, Creative Vice President, after which American Greetings approached Knickerbocker Toys concerning the Holly Hobby license.
In 1974, Knickerbocker Toys licensed the Holly Hobbie character for a line of rag dolls, which were a popular toy for young American girls for several years. Holly Hobbie products are now once again being marketed by American Greetings in association with Carlton Cards.
In 1980, Holly was featured in a novel by Richard Dubelman entitled The Adventures of Holly Hobbie. In this book, Holly Hobbie is a ghost who lives in a painting that was painted in 1803. She comes out of the painting to help a descendant, Liz Dutton, find her missing father, an archaeologist who has vanished in Guatemala.
In 2006, a redesigned Holly Hobbie was launched as part of a spin-off product line called “Holly Hobbie and Friends”. She was featured in a movie titled Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party. The movie aired on Nick Jr. and is available on DVD. The traditional line still exists, with the back story being that the “original” Holly is the great-grandmother of the “new” Holly.
Mattel released a brand new Holly Hobbie doll line during 2006, which includes Holly (blue eyes & blonde hair), Amy (green eyes & red hair), and Carrie (brown eyes & black hair). The dolls feature an all new face sculpt, a new body style, and flat feet. There is also a series of smaller Holly, Amy, and Carrie figures; each of these figures arrives with a farm animal (Holly has a dog named Doodles, Amy has a pig named Chedder, and Carrie has a cat named Bonnett). Separate doll outfits are being sold; each outfit can be customized by the child or the collector. This new doll line is cute and craft-themed. Holly Hobbie (the cartoon) also has three popular songs, two sung in her own voice, “Just Like You” and “The Things That Make You Special”, LeAnn Rimes sang “Twinkle in Her Eye”, the theme song.