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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Bunny Icon

Miffy and the New Baby by Dick Bruna

Miffy learns from Father and Mother Bun that there is going to be a new baby bun soon. Miffy is very happy and decides to make some presents for her new baby brother or sister. Very soon baby bun is born. Miffy is very quiet because she did not realize the baby would be so small. Miffy is happy when she is able to hold baby bun and eat cake to celebrate with her class at school.

Miffy is a great series that was started back in the 50's. The colors for Miffy are very unique and the creator actually invented a 5-tone color for Miffy. The pages are very minimalist with few extras. This story is told in rhyme and is intended for children ages 2-4. I find reviews of books that are intended for such a young audience difficult for me because it is so far removed the from elementary school world that I know about. But, I can say that this book had a good story about welcoming a new sibling, and that the story is told mostly through the written word and not by the illustrations. I like how simple these books are for this age group because at that age (2-4) attention spans are very short and this will keep them interested in the entire story.

The website for Miffy is fantastic. At the top are resources for parents and at the bottom are icons for kids. You can have a book read to you, watch videos, play games, and color. I really enjoyed my time in the kids section of the Miffy website. It was engaging and the directions for how to use each icon are read to you, so if your little one is on the computer they can use the site with little assistance. I think it is wonderful to have a devoted website to series like Miffy so that kids can get excited about continuing to interact with the characters after the story is over. And this website is free to use so they can play as many games as they want or color as much as they can.

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