Here at Five Little Diamonds, we love bright and bold colours, and simple design. We also love bunnies. And the one thing that combines all these things is the beloved children's character, Miffy!
Miffy was born in 1955, drawn by the wonderful Dick Bruna. He is sometimes referred to as "the father of Miffy", but after turning 80 in 2007 he began referring to himself as "the grandfather of Miffy". Sadly, Dick Bruna passed away this year, but his legacy will live on with Miffy, who is sure to enchant children for years to come.
While on holiday Dick Bruna would tell his son bedtime stories about a little white bunny, who scampered around the garden of their holiday home. This bunny became the inspiration for Miffy.
In the Netherlands, Miffy is known as "nijntje", which derives from the Dutch word "konijntje", meaning "little bunny". This is a very logical name for anyone who speaks Dutch, but not in any other language. Because "nijntje" is difficult to pronounce for non-Dutch speakers and because there are so many different words for "bunny" in other languages, Dick Bruna’s little bunny is simply known as Miffy. The name doesn’t have any special meaning, but it is easy to pronounce in all languages.
Miffy is Dick Bruna's best known and most popular character, featuring in more than 30 books, far more than any other character he created. Miffy appeals to children all over the world, instilling a sense of safety. Many children are able to identify with Miffy and her adventures. She is uncomplicated and innocent, has a positive attitude and is always open to new experiences.
We stock many Official Miffy items (you can find them here), some of which you can see below.