17 Jan 2013

May Gibbs Google Doodle

Hey, are you all enjoying today's Google Doodle as much as I am? Happy 136th Birthday, May.

Here's a list of her works:

About Us (1912)
Gumnut Babies (1916)
Gumblossom Babies (1916)
Boronia Babies (1917)
Flannel Flowers and Other Bush Babies (1917)
Wattle Babies (1918)
Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1918)
Little Ragged Blossom (1920)
Little Obelia (1921)
Nuttybub and Nittersing (1923)
Chucklebud and Wunkydoo (1924)
Bib and Bub: Their Adventures (1925)
The Further Adventures of Bib and Bub (1927)
More Funny Stories about Old Friends Bib and Bub (1928)
Bib and Bub in Gumnut Town aka Two Little Gum-Nuts (1929)
The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1940)
Scotty in Gumnut Land (1941)
Mr and Mrs Bear and Friends (1943)
Prince Dande Lion (1953)
Do you all like Snugglepot and Cuddlepie the best? Our very favourite Gumnut Baby story is The Story of Chucklebud and Wunkydoo. If you read it aloud you'll know why - it is just plain good Aussie fun. Here's an extract:
Now, these little Nuts were the most inquisitive little Nuts that ever sat in a gumtree. All day long they went about saying 'Why?' and 'How?' and 'When?' and 'What for?' till their parents grew quite tired of answering them and even the Bush Creatures would hide when they saw them coming, or pretend to be deaf.

One day Chucklebud said to Wunkydoo, 'Oh, I do wish I knew a lot of things.' 'So do I,' said Wunkydoo. 'Everybody knows something,' said Chucklebud. 'But nobody knows everything.' said Wunkydoo.

As they talked, a breeze swayed a leaf on which they were sitting, and away down in the valley they heard the voice of Mr Wackasmack, the Kookaburra.

It was a loud voice, and they heard quite plainly what he said.

This is what they heard:

'There's some thinks they know a lot, and a lot as knows they thinks some, but nobody knows what I know because I never tell.'

Chucklebud looked at Wunkydoo and Wunkydoo looked at Chucklebud till their blue eyes grew very round; then they nodded and put their faces close together till their small noses touched.

The breeze swayed the leaf again, and again the voice of Mr Wackasmack wafted up from the Valley. There were no words this time, only a low chuckle.

The blue eyes of Wunkydoo twinkled. 'Shall we go?' he whispered.

'Yes,' whispered Chucklebud.
So good.

We read The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in AO1 and Scottie in Gumnut Land in AO2.


  1. Actually I have enjoyed seeing the Google picture today and I wondered why it was there, now I know! :)

  2. You can usually tap on the doodle and you get an explanation page.


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