Adorable Aussie babies visit
Snugglepot, Cuddlepie are here
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.