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Jun 11 2014

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie's Underwater Adventure by May Gibbs

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Scholastic, 2014. ISBN: 9781742839288.
One hot day, when the Gumnut Babies are bored and looking for adventure, they follow Mrs Kookaburra's advice and head to 'where the land meets the sea.' There, whilst sheltering in an empty shell, they meet Mr Hermit who offers to take them into the deep, blue water. On their adventures, they become acquainted with a clownfish, coral, and an octopus and are introduced to Little Obelia, Princess of the Fish Folk. After being carried home on the backs of several sea dragons, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are left, dreaming about their wonderful adventures.
The lovely large square format of this picture book, the watery endpapers and the pastel toned illustrations make this book a trip down memory lane for lovers of Gibbs' work who will be keen to share the story with their children and grandchildren. With its simple storyline and familiar characters, this is a charming book with a true Australian flavour, just right for a new generation of readers.
Jo Schenkel

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