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May Gibbs: More Than A Fairy Tale

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Without the details there could be no larger picture. May Gibbs became one of Australia's most well-known and loved illustrators. Her gumnut babies have been adored by generations of children. For the first time her early life and artistic career are explored in detail. She traveled to England in a quest to develop as an artist and became an early supporter of the suffrage ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Hardie Grant (first published January 1st 2012)
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‘May Gibbs: More than a Fairytale’ is the illustrated autobiography of one of Australia’s most successful and beloved illustrators. Gibbs was creator of Australia’s cherished children’s ‘gumnut babies’ series.

I, like many other Australian children, grew up on the stories of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. I have a big, gorgeous hardback gumnut babies novel that enjoyed pride-of-place on my bookshelf as a youngster. The spine is worn and some pages stuck together with miscellaneous foods – a testament
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Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't know a lot about May Gibbs before reading this book, before knowing her as the mother of the gum nut babies.

This book is really well written and seamlessly compiled. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The only thing that detracted from it at all was that there was much speculation included, with lines like "it is hard to imagine that May did not do XYZ". I understand that the authors were doing the best to fill in the gaps but I felt sometimes this conjecture made parts of the story of her life f
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Robert Holden graduated with an Honours degree in English from The University of Queensland in 1973, a Post-Graduate degree in Library Science in 1973 and an Honours degree in Fine Arts from the Power Institute, The University of Sydney in 1981. He has published across a broad spectrum of interests and is well-known for his publications on the history of children's book illustration and design in ...more
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