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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, February 15, 2020

THE GUMNUTS from Australia and Other Cute Book

On Friday, September 3, 1993 we went shopping at the QVB after having checked in at the Hilton Sydney, see post below.
Both of us instantly fell in love with the cute GUMNUTS at one of the stores.
So this cute book about Ten Little Gumnuts by author illustrator May Gibbs, came home with us!
Special wrapping paper with GUMNUTS
Author May Gibbs did a lot of good:
We further purchased:
Sam Vole and his Brothers by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth
Don't think the ones residing in our yard were/are THAT CUTE!
They ATE our tulip bulbs and more...!!!
These are not MOLES but VOLES!
Loved that there were even Mushrooms on the back of its cover... showing that they loved our profession!
Sam Vole wants to go voling all by himself. But wherever he goes, his brothers, Arthur and Henry go too!
Makes for Sweet Story Telling for some Sweet Kids!!!


Related link:
From Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia | previous post by me with shopping at the QVB
Sydney - Vivid Lights Festival at the Botanic Gardens - day 2 PM | post by blogger friend Sami about Snugglepot and Cuddlepot, the May Gibbs' book characters published in 1918

28 comments:

  1. No kids at home and no more teaching, but I still keep around children's books that are meaningful. Love illustrations found in older books.

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      These were too cute for not purchasing and bringing home.
      They found a special kid now and no doubt will be enjoyed a lot.
      May Gibbs was a brilliant writer and illustrator!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hello Mariette, Sometimes I see cute children's books but at present there are no little kids to give them to. I do know some in Taiwan, but they cannot read English, and I am not sure of their reading level in Chinese.

    It is good to know that the talented illustrator May Gibbs used her profits from her illustrations for children to support children's well-being.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, we too had always the dilemma of bridging several continents and that comes with a language barrier, especially at such a young age.
      May Gibbs was very talented and she possessed a big heart, that too did capture our attention and urged us to support her in her noble efforts.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Liebe Mariette,
    ich freue mich über deinen schönen Post.
    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Das ist gut und diese Frau hatte ein großes Herz und war sehr talentiert.
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  4. So many children's books have wonderful illustrations. Sometimes I'm tempted to buy some just for myself, for the artwork. :-)

    In this case, it's lovely that the author donated most of her estate to a worthy cause; rather makes having the book extra-special, I think.

    Take care, have a lovely week.

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Not only wonderful illustrations but doing so by using something that naturally is growing within Australia.
      Later, with more light in the days for good photos I will show more...
      Yes, May Gibbs did a lot of good for a very noble cause!
      No doubt a young child is enjoying this special book right now and for time to come by reading it herself.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. The gumnuts books are very cute, I've seen a few in the bookshops. We used to have a cute statue of 2 gumnuts kids in one of the city's parks.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      When you did that post in June of 2018 I could not find these books quick enough in our extensive library here at home... But I never will forget the impact that May Gibbs made on both of us.
      Those gumnuts are so very special! Will do another post on a real one...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, May Gibbs sure was an awesome author and illustrator and so were Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. They look like really cute books. I especially love the adorable voles and mushrooms :-) Illustration for many children’s books are very detailed and lovely. As a child, I had a favorite book about chicken mom and her chicks making cake. I wish I kept it. It was a really cute book :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Oh, some authors and illustrators have that special gift for creating such lovely detailed and educative books for children that will never be forgotten!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Such great books and such good memories

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      For you, being from Australia they no doubt are familiar!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Endah,
      Lovely books indeed, from your neighboring country!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette,
    I think these gumnuts are really cute. Good idea to have them with you today.
    Hugs

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    1. Dearest Nathalie,
      Thank you and yes, holding on to these photos is worth it and let little children enjoy the stories and drawings!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Hello Mariette,
    Gumnuts are so cute!

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  12. Wat een leuke boekjes Mariette, ik hou er ook van. Fijne dag,

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    1. Beste Willy,
      Ja, heel erg geinig gedaan en wij waren ook meteen verknocht.
      Leuk voor kleine kinderen om te lezen en plaatjes te kijken en ook om voorgelezen te krijgen.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  13. Oh, May Gibbs' gumnuts are so adorable!

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    1. Dearest Evi,
      Yes, they truly are adorable and kids will learn from them too!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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