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Riding a bicycle is a very Dutch thing to do, they are everywhere in Amsterdam so to have Miffy, the little Dutch rabbit riding a book in this delightful little story is very fitting.
For those of you who are not familiar with Miffy, to quote an article, "Miffy is a small female rabbit in a series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artistDick Bruna. The original Dutch name, Nijntje, is a shortening or diminutive of konijntje, "little rabbit. The first Miffy book was produced in 1955, and almost 30 others have followed. In total they have sold over 85 million copies, and inspired two separate television series as well as items such as clothes and toys featuring the character."
We have a number of Miffy books and I really love them because they feature a short, simple but very entertaining little story. The story is told in rhyming sentences so it makes it very easy to read as well as a good way for my little girl to learn all about rhyming words. I think the beauty about Miffy books is their simplicity. Miffy is a simply drawn rabbit as she is just white with not many features but she is instantly recognisable. In this book, the left hand page has some text and then the right hand page has an illustration about the text.
This book was actually given to my kids by my Dutch friend and it has actually come at the right time for my little girl who got a bike for Christmas. In this book Miffy dreams about riding a bike when she is a bit older and all the things she will experience when she is on her bike. For example she says she will ride through the meadows where all the flowers grow and on the opposite page where you find the picture there is a drawing of some Tulips, another very Dutch thing.
Miffy goes on to tell us about all the other things she will see such as ducks at the pond, green tress in the forest and even tells us about a visit to her Aunt Alice's house. It sounds fun to ride a bike and hopefully this will make my little girl want to ride her bike too. She loves listening to the Miffy stories and this one is definitely my favourite so we read it all the time. At the end of the book Miffy tells us that it is important to ride carefully and calm and that you must clean your bike after you use it too, some good advice.
The book is published by Egmont and costs £4.99 in A5 hardback version.
I bought this English Miffy book today, because I am learning my daughter new words and one of them is "bike". As she loves Miffy, I thought this would be a great book to read from and learn her what a bike is.
**Information about Dick Bruna, the author**
Miffy was created by Dick Bruna, a Dutch illustrator and writer. Miffy is a rabbit and she is known for her sweet character and her long, white ears. Illustrator Dick Bruna started drawing in 1940 and after several years he started to draw Miffy. In the beginning, Miffy mainly was famous in Holland, but nowadays she is famous worldwide. There are all sorts of Miffy books for sale, about a wide range of themes. For example about gardening, about going on holiday, going to school and shopping. All interesting subjects for small children. The books about Miffy are known for its simple drawings and stories that most of the times are written in poem-form. Besides that you can recognize most Dick Bruna books from their standard colors, dark blue, white, yellow, orange and green.
**About this Miffy book**
This book is, just like other Dick Bruna books, small and square formed. The size of the book is 16x16 cm. The book has 32 pages and on the cover Miffy is riding a blue bicycle and wearing an orange scarf and yellow little dress. The book was first published in English in 2004 by publisher Egmont Books. The book was first released in Dutch, in 1994. The book is a hardcover. Normally you'll mpay around 5 Pounds for a Miffy book.
At the beginning of the storty, Miffy is sitting on a yellow table, dreaming about the day she will ride a bike. She is telling the reader what this dream is like. In this dream, she is cycling through the meadows, and cycling past a pond with white ducks in it. She also goes cycling through the forrest and up a hill, to visit her aunt. When she is going home again, she is riding down hill but going to fast and Miffy fals and cries. Once on her bike again, she talks about the rain that might fall and that she will make her bike shine once home again. The last page again shows Miffy, dreaming at her table and realizing she is too young too ride a bike for now.
A nice story that focusses on what to do on a bike and how to be carefull when biking. Really usefull for older children that are learning to cycle. But younger kids will also enjoy this book because every page has another new colorful picture to show them.
After one of our seemingly many trips to our local library last week (my children have finally caught onto the delights of reading!), my son came away with what seemed a rather limited selection of books (Mr Men and Miffy), with one of the Miffy books being the subject of this review.
The book I will now review is - "Miffy's bicycle by Dick Bruna"
My son has developed a real penchant for these particular books, whether it is the striking illustrations or the no nonsense text, either way he thoroughly enjoys them and revels in the opportunity to borrow a selection.
This particular book is unusual for this range of stories due to the fact it centres around a daydream that the main character, Miffy is having, rather than around a certain task she is performing or taking part in.
For anyone unfamiliar with the character of Miffy and the many books she is the main character within, Miffy is a rabbit, and probably aged around five years old.
As mentioned the daydream centres around her having a bicycle but imagining how wonderful and exciting it would be for her to be able to ride well enough, and even be old enough to ride independently of her parents, this means many more adventures to have without the constraint of the "'rental's!".
The story then explores the daydream further by actually stating what she would do, and who she would visit.
The story is delightful to read, and judging by my son's reaction to it, to listen to also. The text, as with the other stories in the series, is all rhyming text, so the story seems to flow beautifully and you can even feel yourself change the way you read it, almost putting it to a beat in your head!
The illustrations (as mentioned earlier in the review), are extremely striking, if not a little stark in places. Unlike many other children's book I have come across, these tend to centre around the central character or focal point of the text on that page, and seem to only include that in the picture. For example when Miffy is first stated to be daydreaming, she is the only thing in that particular picture, with there being no other real detail around her, this makes her the most predominant thing on the page, and by gosh does it pack a punch!
Price wise these are available from www.amazon.co.uk for around the £3.45 mark, plus P&P. This is for a hardback copy, though I have never seen these come in paperback.
Thanks for reading x