chapter  4
Bertie’s Deal
Pages 15

In the early years of Nichols’s life, before World War II and his parents’ separation, Nichols spent many of his days with Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees.1 Nana brought the characters to life for her grandson, repeatedly and patiently reading the book to him, at his request. She commented, tongue-in-cheek, that she had begun seeing the trio in her dreams. But it was a prospect that thrilled young Nichols and made the readings even more immediate and magical. He relished bedtime, hoping for his own visions of the beloved three.