Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are back for a new generation of children to enjoy. I just loved them as a child, and I was thrilled to come across some newly released Snugglepot and Cuddlepie titles.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are well known characters for Australian parents. For those of you who didn’t grow up reading about their adventures, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are two babies born of Australian fauna. They are known as gumnut babies and they enjoy many adventures in the Australian bush while getting to know native animals and magical creatures.
The various tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie were originally written and illustrated by May Gibbs in the early 20th century as short stories for older children. Now these new picture books allow parents to share the magic and wonder of these gumnut babies with their young children.
Scroll to the bottom of this post for book details.
Reading activity: Gumnut Baby Hide and Seek
After reading Where are Snugglepot and Cuddlepie?, we felt inspired to play our own game of Gumnut Baby Hide and Seek.
What you need:
- Pom poms
- Googly eyes
By gluing pom poms to gumnuts and adding some googly eyes, we made three of our own gumnut babies (the smaller gumnuts were used as hats):
On a rainy day, we hid them inside the house. Giving each other clues, we searched the house for our gumnut babies:
On a sunnier day we took our gumnut babies outside. The area was much larger, making the game a little more difficult so we borrowed an idea from Playschool and played a game of colour camouflage. We hid the gumnut babies near something of the same colour.
This was a simple but fun activity. Most importantly though I’m excited to have introduced Cam to these quintessential Australian literary characters.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie book reviews/details:
Meet Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
Teamed with May Gibbs’ classic illustrations, this abridged picture book is a lovely introduction to the adventures of these two adorable gumnut babies.
Living in the tallest gum tree, the gumnut babies ask Mrs Kookaburra to tell them a story about humans. Fascinated by the story, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie set out on an adventure to find a human.
They meet many creatures along the way, but eventually, and from a distance, they spot a friendly human……‘And so began the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.’
By May Gibbs
Publisher: Scholastic Australia, May 2012
Suitable for ages: 3+
Where are Snugglepot and Cuddlepie?
May Gibbs’ whimsical illustrations have been used to create a simple lift-the-flap book in which Snugglepot and Cuddlepie play a game of hide and seek with some of their native friends. Ladybird, lizard, platypus and possum can all be found hiding behind ferns, Christmas Bells, rocks, flannel flowers, leaves and, of course, gumnuts.
By May Gibbs
Publisher: Scholastic Australia, August 2012
Suitable for ages: 1+