Adorable Aussie ba­bies visit

Snug­gle­pot, Cud­dlepie are here

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

IT’S 100 years since au­thor May Gibbs’s adorable char­ac­ters found their way into the homes and hearts of Aus­tralians – and the Harry Bai­ley Memo­rial Li­brary is cel­e­brat­ing with a free trav­el­ling dis­play fea­tur­ing her iconic art­work un­til April 27.

May Gibbs was Aus­tralia’s first full-time, pro­fes­sion­ally trained chil­dren’s book au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor, and the dis­play fea­tures re­pro­duc­tions of some of her most loved char­ac­ters in­clud­ing the Gum­nut Ba­bies and the brothers Snug­gle­pot and Cud­dlepie.

“Gen­er­a­tions of Aus­tralians have fond memories of grow­ing up with the Gum­nut Ba­bies and their friends and passed the books they read as chil­dren down to their own chil­dren,” said State Li­brary of NSW se­nior cu­ra­tor Ali­son Wishart.

The Gum­nut Ba­bies be­came an in­stant hit when they first ap­peared in a book­let pub­lished by An­gus & Robert­son in 1916, quickly fol­lowed by Gum­blos­som Ba­bies.

The dis­play ex­plores May Gibbs’s early work, the char­ac­ters of Snug­gle­pot and Cud­dlepie, Ragged Blos­som and Lit­tle Obe­lia, her process and ex­am­ples of how the war in­flu­enced her work.

“May Gibbs was a keen en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and was also fiercely pa­tri­otic.”

The li­brary is on the cor­ner of Coff and Duke streets.

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