On your trip to Amsterdam you may notice a signature white rabbit in the souvenir shop among the usual Delft blue and white pottery, wooden shoes, trinkets and clothing items. Who is this most prominent Dutch bunny?
That’s Miffy, the star of Hendrik Magdalenus Bruna’s story books for children ages 4 to 8 (or 88 if young at heart). “Dick” Bruna wrote and illustrated over 200 children’s books published in small format for small hands. Miffy and his other works have been translated into over 50 languages and sold more than 85 million copies. So, yes, you might see a good bit of this “konijntje” (little white rabbit). Miffy’s can be seen on toys, stationery, clothing, glasses, household items and more. Miffy has her own museum and is an icon at the famous Keukenhoff gardens as well.
Why would Miffy cry? Well, in one book Miffy’s grandmother was sick and died. This particular book brought the Silver Slate award home to Bruna. However, now Miffy’s creator has passed on at the age of 89.
Good bye Mr. Bruna. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world through Miffy.
–Kristin (I would like to thank the Windmill Newsletter for this information. Thanks S.B.!)