If you were to ask me which books I remember from my childhood, hands down, it’d be the Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs.
Even now, every time I see a gum tree and its beautifully unique leaves and gum nuts, I think of the Gumnut Babies; the books, the characters and making gum nut baby ornaments as a child. When I heard that the Centenary of Sugglepot and Cuddlepie was coming in 2018, the first thing I thought of was my grade one Easter Bonnet Parade.
Here I am, five years old and wearing a bonnet inspired by the Gumnut Babies. Do you think I’ve changed much?
Now with my own kids, particularly a daughter, because, let’s face it, I think my six-year-old son prefers books about poo, cars or dinosaurs, it does take me back to my own childhood. I was over the moon when not only did I discover a couple of new Gumnut Babies books had been released for the Centenary, but that I was asked to review them. Although they’re possibly a little too wordy to gain the constant attention of my 17-month-old daughter, I’ll be introducing her to these classics over time.
Tales From The Bush and Tales From The Campfire
I remember when books like Tales From The Bush and Tales From The Campfire made me think the Gumnut Babies were real; I did think it was possible that little people like this lived in the trees. I remember imagining them in their little hats and little clothes. But now, I see the Gumnut Babies from a different perspective. In Tales From The Bush and Tales From the Camp Fire, I see the carefree nature of childhood, the way it should be. These books are the perfect way to reinspire today’s children to get outside and discover as well as reiterating the importance of friendship and lending a helping hand in times of trouble.
Tales From The Bush and Tales From The Campfire aren’t your usual short rhyming children’s picture books either; they are so much more. They take you on an adventure into the world of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, they make you feel like you’re really there and they spark imaginations big and small. The books also have an amazing capacity to further develop the appreciation of Australia’s unique flora and fauna and encourage children to go and seek the plants and animals after they’ve read the book. To me, the Gumnut Babies are deeply ingrained in Australian culture.
Want a sneak peek at both Gumnut Babies books? Check out my ‘Eva Reads’ video.
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