In 1918, May Gibbs published her most popular story book for children, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. She was a talented writer and artist, and both wrote the text and produced the illustrations for all her stories.
Most of the characters in her books are based on flowers found in the Australian bush. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are gumnut babies and you can see them depicted in bronze in Stirling Gardens in the centre of Perth. The statues can be seen from the pavement on the Barrack Street side of the gardens.