Life with kids in Sydney City
When the kids and I were asked if we wanted to review some of Dick Bruna's classic books about Miffy the bunny, we immediately started singing the theme song from the show..."Miffy! Cute Little Bunny! Miffy...", well, you get the point. Lily has been watching the show since she was a wee one and Bo has for the last year, so we are well versed on the character from TV. When I mentioned it to my husband, he admitted he'd loved Miffy as a kid too. I told him I was surprised Miffy had been around that long. He was suitably insulted. Wops.
Miffy is actually a young rabbit featured in a series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. They were first published in 1955 and there were over 30 different stories. They were then turned into the TV series the kids now love.
We were sent the original Miffy as well as Miffy at the Zoo. The books are gorgeous, even from the outside. Big bold colours. Basic but oh so cute illustrations. The language and the stories themselves are easy for a 2-year-old to grasp and follow along with and also perfect for a 7-year-old learning how to read. Lily often practices by reading to her little brother. It is so beautiful to watch.
The original, Miffy story tells the tale of Miffy's parents and how she came about. It's lovely to read an origin story. You don't get that very often. Gives you the sense that you are growing alongside the main character. The roles in the story are quite traditional having been written over 60 years ago. I have to say I laughed out loud at the jealous cow who tells Miffy's mum on her arrival that she isn't as "pretty as my calf". But then the chickens just want to play with her. Sounds a bit like real life!
Miffy at the Zoo is by far Bo's favourite though. He loves all things transport, so the train journey Miffy and her dad take to the zoo is a personal highlight for him. Then, of course, we get to meet all the animals in the zoo and learn a little about each. It's great for teaching Bo about new words in a fun and easy way. The illustrations are bold and easy to comprehend and the story simple but engaging.
We really enjoyed immersing ourselves in Miffy's world. As a side note, the books are small and hardback so perfect for chucking in your bag to take to the park or coffee shop which we have done often.
If you are looking to purchase a copy either of these two lovely tales, Miffy or Miffy at the Zoo, Dymocks sell them and other editions online for just $12.99 each.
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