May Gibbs Gumnut Babies

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May Gibbs Gumnut Babies

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are a series of books written by Australian author May Gibbs The books are about the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the girl gumnut babies hair, hats and skirts look like Eucalyptus flowers, May Gibbs used the yellow flowers of the Australian Golden Wattle as the skirts and hats for her Wattle Babies, and aged Banksia cones for the Banksia Men who are the villains of the story

Some of the wonderful characters in May Gibbs books were Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Bib and Bub the Gumnut twins, Mr and Mrs Koala, Little Ragged Blossom, the Boronia, Wattle and Flannel flower Babies and Little Obelia. May Gibbs also illustrated and produced 33 patriotic postcards dressing her gumnut babies in uniform to support Australian troops in World War One. 3 of May Gibbs post cards were Are we downhearted ? , The Girls I left behind me and We are the Gumnut Corps we are going to the war (we'll make things hum , by gum) this is the best known of the 33 patriotic postcard designs produced by May Gibbs during World War One.The first book of the series, Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: their adventures wonderful was published in 1918.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are Gumnut babies whos looks are modelled on the nuts from the Australian Gum tree, they are foster brothers who are always looking for adventure in the Australian bush with their many friends.During their many adventures Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are trying to stay out of the way of the villains of the story the big bad Banksia Men.

aged Banksia cones for the Banksia Men.

From Wikipedia May Gibbs described how the Banksia men became about

We came to a grove of Banksia trees and sitting on almost every branch were these ugly little, wicked little men that I discovered and that's how the Banksia Men were thought up.

Wattle Babies

The Wattle Babies were the last in a series of 5 books written and Illustrated by May Gibbs.The wattle babies skirts, hats and hair are modelled on the Australian Golden Wattle flowers.

Some of May Gibb's Book Covers



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I love this page, Terry! I just saw it again and will show it to Zoey who will love it too!!
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