Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 2 to 4
Cecile Souris and her mouse family live under the floorboards of a little Acadian house in Grand Pré, owned by the Dubois family. The house—above and below the floor—is full of good food, laughter, and wonderful music, made with fiddles and spoons. But one day soldiers arrive and take the Dubois family—and the Souris family with them—far away from Grand Pré. Join them on an unforgettable journey in this heartwarming tale of courage, love, and joy as the Acadians continue to celebrate life with fiddles and spoons!
This beloved story is now available in a second edition with a new design, including some new illustrations.
About the authors
Lila Hope-Simpson is a writer, columnist, poet, adult educator and early childhood educator living in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia with her husband, Ian. She was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education in 2005, and the Marianna Dempster Award for Children’s Literature from the Canadian Author’s Association in 2006 for her contribution to children’s literature.
Doretta Groenendyk, a painter, writer, and teacher, lives with her husband and three children on a small spot of land in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Doretta is the author and illustrator of several children’s books by both The Acorn Press and Nimbus Publishing. Snow for Christmas, Thank You for My Bed, and I’m Drawing a Picture, have been shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration. She also cowrote Spin to Sea with her daughter Izra Fitch.
Fiddles & Spoons: Journey of an Acadian MouseCécile Souris and her mouse family live under the floorboards of a little Acadian house in Grand Pré owned by the Dubois family. When the family is deported to the American colonies, the mice join them on their difficult journey and stay with them as they begin their new life. Originally published in 2004, by Dery Publishing Group (Our Choice 2006).
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.