Wednesday, January 9, 2008

little ragged blossom

My most treasured book as a child was May Gibbs' The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, with the cover declaring "Including Little Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia". I don't have it any more but the flowers that have just bloomed on a gum tree that we planted this year have reminded me of the plump little character of 'Ragged Blossom':

The big, bad, Banksia Man was quite frightening. Here he is running off with Little Ragged Blossom in an illustration by May Gibbs for her Snugglepot and Cuddlepie book:

Sungglepot and Cuddlepie on the other hand were the heroes of the piece and Little Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia were of course rescued. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie were inspired by the nuts of the gum trees and not the flowers as is the case with Little Ragged Blossom.

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