Crumbfest in Edinburgh

image by NPS photoI told the story of The True Meaning of Crumbfest last night at the Scottish Storytelling Centre‘s Christmas Storytelling Cafe.  It is a profound story about how a young mouse by the name of Eckhart discovers what Christmas is all about.  An environmental and animal-friendly take on the season by Prince Edward Islander David Weale.

I heard Marta Singh tell this story in Ottawa a couple of years ago and I just had to learn it.  The book has become one of my standard holiday gifts for young children, though adults tend to fall in love with it too.  The story was well received by the entirely adult crowd here in Edinburgh.  One man who heard it told me that he would re-think his escalating conflict with the three generations of mice who had moved into his house.  The power of story  ; )

The full text of The True Meaning of Crumbfest is available for free on the Prince Edward Island Government Website:  Island Christmas

One thought on “Crumbfest in Edinburgh

  1. This story leaves me with conflicting feelings about mice in the hice as well!

    That is great that you have incorporated this story into your story telling repertoire. I think it is a story well deserving of creating its own oral traditions.

    I recorded my daughter performing The True Meaning of Crumbfest when she was five for a natural history radio program I used to produce at the time for a nonprofit and more recently as an audiobook publisher released it as a commercial audiobook recording.

    I hope you’ll check it out at the link below. There is is a short excerpt there you can listen to without purchasing.
    http://www.rattlingbooks.com/ProductIndex.aspx?CategoryID=3&SpecificProduct_Category=4

    The author David Weale is a story teller as well and I encourage you to check out his other printed books for children, Everything That Shines being a particular favorite of mine. His print publisher is Acorn Press In Prince Edward Island.

    Best,
    Janet Russell

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