Miffy was created by Dutch graphic artist, Dick Bruna, who was born in 1927 - the year of the rabbit, according to the Japanese zodiac. He grew up with pet rabbits and aged 8, built a warren for them in his garden. In 1955, whilst on a rainy seaside holiday in North Holland, Dick Bruna entertained his young son by sketching a tame rabbit that kept hopping about the garden of their holiday house. At his son's bedtime, he would make up stories about the bunny, and soon the character Miffy was born. Dick Bruna's Miffy stories are now published in nearly 50 languages and more than 85 million copies have been sold. Miffy has her own TV show: "Miffy and Friends", and toys and merchandise are sold across five continents. Dick Bruna, now in his 80s, still works every day in his studio in Utrecht. To date he has published 120 picture books for children (30 of which are about Miffy), and he is the most borrowed author from Dutch libraries. His art is constantly being exhibited worldwide.......Caution: CHOKING Danger -- Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.