Tips to share Tales from the Bush
The beautiful characters of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie have well and truly stood the test of time. Last year marked 100 years since these iconic stories started making their way into homes around Australia and beyond.
The tales are lyrical and beautiful and have a distinct Australian feel.
For younger children (up to three years), you can choose to skip the story itself and focus instead on talking about the illustrations. Talk about all the tiny details like the costumes of each of the babies, the different creatures of the bush and how the characters adapt what’s available in the bush to play and live. If you live near some native trees, why not collect some of the distinctive gumnuts, eucalyptus leaves or banksia brushes and make your own gumnut babies?
Older children (three to five years) will enjoy exploring some of the new words and the intricate adventures the gum nut babies go on. If you come across a word your child may not know, don’t skip or replace it. Ask your child if they know it and explain using the pictures if you can to help. The words that we hear in beautiful stories like these are not often heard in everyday conversations – which is where books like this one can help fill gaps in vocabulary.
Remember, you don’t need to read this or any picture book start to finish. This is a long story you might better enjoy in stages. The important thing is to make it fun and engaging for your child.
Check with your local library for more tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
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