The May Gibbs Royal Gift

23 October 2018


The Morrisons Select May Gibbs’ Children’s Book to Gift the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

100th Anniversary Edition of The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed to Radio Nova 969’s Fitzy and Wippa that he and wife, Jenny have gifted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex May Gibbs’ timeless classic, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

It’s not the first time May Gibbs’ classic has been gifted to royals with former Prime Minister John Howard presenting the book to Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Prince Mary in 2005.

Never out of print since 1918, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie combines in one edition May Gibbs’ much-loved classic, Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and its two sequels, Little Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia.

Quintessentially Australian, these delightful stories, and the fantasy world of May Gibbs, have been a source of continual fascination for generations of children. May’s is a world filled with excitement, fears and adventures, both extraordinary and everyday.  A world peopled with small creatures, where the real entwines tantalisingly with the imaginary and provides a window to the magic we all believe exists in the bush.

This beautiful slipcase edition with bonus art print, published to celebrate the centenary of one of Australia’s most iconic children’s classics, contains May’s original artwork that has been sourced and re- scanned, and the illustrations look as exquisite as the day May put down her paintbrush all those years ago.  A short biography also provides insight into the fascinating life of this remarkable author and artist who has contributed so much to the world of Australian children’s literature.  Now available from all good bookstores and online – $49.99

Born in 1877 in Kent, United Kingdom, May arrived in Australia at the age of four.  She drew and painted as a child and went on to study art in Western Australia and in the UK before settling in Sydney as a children’s books author and illustrator.

On her passing in 1969 she bequeathed 50% of the copyright of all her works to The Northcott Society and 50% to Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Through her foresight and generosity, proceeds from the sale of May Gibbs products have supported thousands of Australian children with disability and their families.

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