- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (Australia) Children's; [Rev. ed.] edition (October 3, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0207167389
- ISBN-13: 978-0207167386
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Hardcover – October 3, 1990
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This is a beautifully written story with gorgeous illustrations that also subtly teaches the importance of caring for animals and the environment. Bear in mind that being written in the 1930s, there may be occasional moments that could be at odds with modern sensibilities (I don't recall anything blatantly offensive, however), but I don't believe these should be reasons to not read the book, but rather they could be a learning point about how things have changed, etc. I remember being entranced by the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie as a child, and the book is most suitable for the 5-10 age group, probably with an adult helping the younger ones.
I first took it out at the library when i was about 9 years old, and immediately i fell in love with the little Gumnut babies, and little Obelia was my favourite. She, however, lived under the sea, which made her even more mysterious. The book has a few villains, like the Banksia men and Mr. Snake, but other than that, the Gumnuts always managed to outsmart them!
Set in Australia, this book holds a multitude of charms, laughs and fascination. My love for Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will never die, even though i enter my adult years. May Gibbs, the author, does a fantastic job of illustrating and writing this gorgeous book. I recommend it to children 9 - 11 years, or anyone with an interest in nature, and wildlife mixed with fantasy.
One of these is Norman Lindsay's "The Magic Pudding", about a pudding that can be cooked and eaten, slice after slice, day after day, and neer get smaller, AND, importantly, is a different kind of pudding (meat, jam, fruit, ...) depending on how you turn it, and whistle, before slicing. The pudding, known as Albert, lives in, or wears like a helmet, an earthenware pudding bowl. It has legs, and can walk -- or run! The pudding belongs to Barnacle Bill, a whiskery old sailor, and his sidekick, Sam Sawnoff, a large penguin. Both are pretty good in fights, if they meet ruffians, and both have a sizeable repertoire of sea ballads and adventurous tales of their former lives at sea. They are joined by Bunyip Bluegum, a jaunty young bachelor koala. The trio, with impudent Albert to sustain them, wander the back-block roads of inland Australia, around 1900 (the book was published about 1918). Happy days! -- a little like Toad, Mole and Rat setting off in the canary-yellow caravan. Then they meet two rascally puddin' thieves! Aha!
The second is May Gibbs' "The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie", which began to be published around the same time as Lindsay's book, and was completed about ten years later, and issued as a single volume.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are two orphanned gumnuts.
Gibbs' two follow-on books, "Scotty in Gumnut Land" and "Prince Dande Lion" are possibly even better, but credit is due to Gibbs' first great achievement!Read more ›
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Thank you for the trip down memory lane from my childhood in Australia. :)Published 3 months ago by MK
I have been living in Australia 6 months of the year for the last three years. I bought this iconic children's book for
my 9 month-old grandson. Read more
Delightful ! Was read to me as a child. Read it to my sons when they were children and have now bought it for my, to be born in Jan. 2015, grandchild.Published 13 months ago by christine fisher
I ordered this for my mum who was actually the authoress' inspiration for the S&C babies so many years ago. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dana Dolezal
the condition was like new but there was a message written on inside cover. I paid $90 for a new book.Published on February 11, 2014 by Theresa
I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered that this book was available - albeit second hand. I grew up with a volume of "Snugglepot and Cuddlepie" and I believe that eventually... Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Beverley Gledhill
I luckily came across this book at a used book store, and can easily say that is has been by far my and my daughter's favorite book that I've read to her at bedtime. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by M.