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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

True Meaning of Crumbfest

illustrated by Dale McNevin

by (author) David Weale

Acorn Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1999
Christmas & Advent
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1999
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


"Winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature; over 17,000 copies in print; animated Christmas special on TELETOON, with the spin-off series Eckhart The True Meaning of Crumbfest is the story of a curious little mouse named Ekhart, who sets off to discover the truth about that most abundant time of year called ""Crumbfest,"" when bounteous crumbs miraculously appear in the old Prince Edward Island farmhouse in which he lives. Much anthologized - particularly by CBC Radio's “Fireside Al”— this a heartwarming tale of the magic that happens when the “Outside” and the “Inside” come together."

About the authors

Illustrator Dale McNevin is a native of Prince Edward Island. She started drawing seriously in 1990, and has since illustrated numerous books (including The Prince Edward Island Songbook series and the Zonta Club’s Making History: PEI Women of the 20th Century). She has had several showings of her work around the Island. Particularly memorable was a cheeky T-shirt design featuring a red-headed, braided lass flinging a bikini top into the Island breeze.

 Dale’s illustrations are found in many Acorn Press titles including

A Long Way from the Road, An Island Christmas Reader, And My Name Is . . . Stories From the Quilt, the Bubba Begonia series, Everything That Shines, Tales from Willowshade Farm, The True Meaning of Crumbfest, Three Tall Trees and Crosby and Me. She has written and illustrated Treasures to Find, which was sponsored by the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance. Visit her website at  

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David Weale is a folk historian and a popular storyteller and stage performer. He has written thirteen books, four of which are for children. David co-created and wrote The True Meaning of Crumbfest, an animated Christmas special for children, seen in more than twenty-five countries around the world, as well as Eckhart, an animated TV series for children. He is the father of five children and presently lives with his dog, Breaker, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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