Just as we suspected, the bush is full of exotic creatures and magical beings. Our current favorites, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
I happen to love children’s literature – the classics, the modern additions, everything. I love it and can’t get enough. Thankfully, both my kids agree. The first thing I wanted the kids to absorb and retain during our time in Australia was Aussie children’s literature. (Another post is required to cover all the ones we’ve discovered.)
While at the park, Claire began collecting gum nuts from mulched gum trees. (My 22 month old can say and recognize a gum nut.) An Aussie mum mentioned to her, “you must know about the gum nut fairies.” Claire’s eyes widened and the mum explained the stories of a classic children’s book.
Currently, our overflowing pail of gum nuts sits in our back garden and 2 chosen ones sit on Claire’s nightstand. These tree nuts joined our family months ago since the gum nut “fairies” visit Claire at night. Yup, that’s right, they visit. Below, morning evidence.
For weeks, I hunted down this book, May Gibbs’ The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and last Thursday finally brought it home. It hasn’t left my daughter’s bedside.
The illustrations are fabulous and we are loving longer stories requiring “bookmarks” these days. These little guys get into heaps of mischief and explore their natural Australian surroundings. May Gibbs wrote her stories in the early 1900s and settled in Sydney. Her house and garden is even a museum called Nutcote. The museum is on our ever-growing Sydney to-do list for our short trip next week.
When you find a gum nut, just think about the bush fairies, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Think about how awesome it is to discover an entirely new world of creatures and habitats, that is Australia.