Age Range: 2 to 6
Happy Birthday Miffy! Miffy the rabbit is celebrating her 60th birthday today and Miffy’s Birthday, which was first published in 1970, has been republished in celebration.
The Story: Miffy gets up, has a wash and puts on a pretty dress. She opens her birthday presents from Mum and Dad and spends the afternoon playing with her friends Ag and Win. Grandma and Grandpa visit, bring her a present and stay for dinner. Miffy goes to bed a happy bunny.
The Miffy stories often came home from the library with me as a child and she is one of the characters that I wanted to introduce to my daughter. The story of Miffy’s birthday follows a familiar pattern to many small children’s birthdays. She opens her presents which, although the story was first written so long ago, are still relevant to children today and then she plays games with her friends. Grandma and Grandpa (dressed in matching black!) come to dinner and Miffy takes one of her birthday presents to bed
As a child I was attracted to the bold, bright colours and the simplicity of the illustrations, Miffy is a very easy character to draw even if you are not an artist. In this new version of Miffy’s Birthday, Dick Bruna’s easy to read, bouncy, rhyming text has been rewritten by Tony Mitton, author of The Amazing Machines series. Miffy’s Birthday, with its familiar birthday situations, is a lovely book to introduce children to Miffy, her family and her friends. The only thing missing from the story, according to my daughter, is a birthday cake!
Do you have a favourite Miffy story?
Author / Illustrator: Dick Bruna / Text rewritten by Tony Mitton (from the original translation by Patricia Crampton)