Beatrix Potter-esque books set in the English countryside were completely meaningless to children born and raised in East Asia, who read books set in more familiar surroundings - like the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series by May Gibbs. Beatrix Potter-esque books set in the English countryside were completely meaningless to children born and raised in East Asia, who read books set in more familiar surroundings - like the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series by May Gibbs.
Beatrix Potter-esque books set in the English countryside were completely meaningless to children born and raised in East Asia, who read books set in more familiar surroundings - like the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series by May Gibbs.
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

The children’s books Europeans in Asia grew up reading, from Chinese adventures to fondly remembered Kenyan tales

  • For European children in Asia, books set in places such as China, Indonesia and Australia were infinitely more familiar and readable than those set in Europe
  • May Gibbs’ Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series, with its illustrations of cute characters who lived in gum trees, has charmed generations of Australian children

Beatrix Potter-esque books set in the English countryside were completely meaningless to children born and raised in East Asia, who read books set in more familiar surroundings - like the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series by May Gibbs. Beatrix Potter-esque books set in the English countryside were completely meaningless to children born and raised in East Asia, who read books set in more familiar surroundings - like the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series by May Gibbs.
Beatrix Potter-esque books set in the English countryside were completely meaningless to children born and raised in East Asia, who read books set in more familiar surroundings - like the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series by May Gibbs.
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