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The True Meaning of Crumbfest

TitleThe True Meaning of Crumbfest
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWeale, David, and Dale McNevin
PublisherThe Acorn Press
ISBN Number0969860641
DescriptorsChristmas; Discovery; English Language; Holiday; Illustrated; Mice; Picture Book; Prince Edward Island

This picture book, published on Prince Edward Island, is about a mouse named Eckhart who lives in rural Prince Edward Island where the mice spend half the year indoors and half the year out of doors. Food is scarce during the part of the year spent indoors except in late December, when suddenly there are delicious crumbs everywhere. The most important holiday in mouse society, Crumbfest, centers around this occurence. No one knows why the crumbs come, so curious Eckhart sets off to find out. His discovery becomes an important part of mouse culture. Winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Fiction. Author David Weale and illustrator Dale McNevin are from Prince Edward Island.


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Eckhart is a young, curious mouse preparing to settle in at a farmhouse for his first season indoors. All the mice are sad because they are leaving the open sunny outdoors, but when winter comes, they need to take shelter inside. The one thing all the mice look forward to is Crumbfest – the winter celebration during which food is abundant as all sorts of tasty morsels appear on the floor of the house. Eckhart is the only one brave enough to investigate where the tasty treats come from, and his adventure gives him a newfound appreciation of the holiday feast.