snugglepot1st August, 1921 : The first release of May Gibbs Snugglepot and Cuddlepie has sold 17,000 copies. The artist and writer, who has lived in Sydney since 1913, began her fame as an illustrator and writer in 1916 when she published Gumnut Babies. May Gibbs arrived in Australia in 1881, but later returned to England to work and study. The simple children’s tales she tells in Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are exquisitely illustrated, and tell of the gumnuts’ struggles against their enemies such as the banksia men. Rather than translate the English fairytale tradition, Gibbs has created authentic Australian images based on her observation of the bush.

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