Dick Bruna, the creator of Nijntje the rabbit, has died at the age of 89.
Creator of who? Yes, Nijntje is the original Dutch name of the beloved bunny Miffy. Also, she isn’t Japanese, and she’s not friends with Hello Kitty.
So what else do we not know about Miffy the rabbit and her creator?
1. SHE’S MORE THAN 60 YEARS OLD
Mr Bruna created Miffy in 1955 to entertain his then one-year-old son.
He was inspired by a rabbit seen hopping around the garden during a family seaside holiday.
The line of books about the innocent little rabbit has since become a worldwide sensation.
Over 85 million Miffy books have been sold around the world, translated into more than 50 languages.
2. MIFFY AND NIJNTJE
But she wasn’t known as Miffy then. Her Dutch name comes from “konijntje”, which means “little rabbit”.
While this makes sense for people in the Netherlands, it’s hard to pronounce for many people around the world.
The first English translator for the books, Olive Jones, christened her Miffy.
“The name doesn’t have any special meaning, but it is easy to pronounce in all languages,” according to the Miffy website.