Tips to share: Tales From the Gum Tree
The beautiful characters of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie have well and truly stood the test of time. The stories of Jane Massan and illustrations of May Gibbs are lyrical and beautiful and are best shared over and over again.
Younger children (0-3) will love to look at all the tiny details that are found in the illustrations. The costumes of each of the babies, the cups, boats and merry-go-rounds and the antics of the Baronia Babies provide so many opportunities to talk and imagine with your little ones.
Older children (3-5) will enjoy exploring some of the new words they will hear. Talk about what cluster, glittering, spellbound and marveled mean. 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 fill the gap.
If you live near some native trees, collect some of the distinctive gumnuts, eucalyptus leaves or banksia brushes and talk about what they’re called and where they appear in the book.
Check with your local library for more tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.