Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs.

"Humans, Please be Kind to all Bush Creatures and dont pull flowers up by the roots." (From Gibbs' first illustration on the contents page.)

Mom brought the Poohsticks gang this charming Australian children's classic. The lovely ladies and I fell in love with the little gumnuts (eucalyptus nuts) and their adventures in the bush, and now the fine young gents are enjoying the stories of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Mr. Lizard, Ragged Blossom and the wicked Banksia men.

The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie is comprised of three volumes written by Australian author-illustrator May Gibbs: Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: their adventures wonderful, Little Ragged Blossom and more about Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and Little Obelia and further adventures of ragged Blossom, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. The delightful stories remind me a little of Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories, another Poohsticks favorite, and May Gibbs' illustrations are absolutely charming. Not only are the stories delightful, they're a perfect read-aloud for young nature lovers, as Gibbs writes with a clear love and respect for the natural world.

1 comment:

Piseco said...

You've just bumped this book higher up my list of read-alouds! I read some of it to JediBoy a few years ago but we haven't revisited it in a while. We have a lovely hardback copy that my family brought back from Australia when we visited in 1985. Thanks for reminding me to pull out this treasure!