The Christmas Crumb

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A truly Christmassy story, which has an important message about how although something may seem small to you, it might mean everything to someone else. A magical story, written in rhyme by prolific author, Lou Treleaven and illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Alex Willmore.

A family of giants are enjoying a Christmas feast with an enormous Christmas Yule Log as the centerpiece! However, when the princess drops a crumb, she worries about wasting it but Mom reassures her “it is only a crumb”. But that crumb rolls out of the castle and ends up in Pip and his mom’s sparse cottage—it is a Christmas gift! They dig in but when Pip drops a crumb; that crumb rolls into a mouse hole where it will help them survive the winter. Yet again a crumb breaks off and this time rolls on to feed a whole army of ants, eventually ending up being eaten by a flea.

A beautiful story, which is the perfect book to share at Christmas.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd
Imprint Maverick Arts
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-09-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017010, JUV050000, JUV039220
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.5 x 9.5
Lexile 650
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Lou Treleaven

Lou Treleaven lives next door to a farm in Bedfordshire, England, with her family, a silly dog called Honey and a cat called Badger. She has written plays, picture books, and junior fiction.

Illustrator: Alex Willmore

Alex Willmore lives in Northampton, UK, and completed a degree in illustration for children's publishing. Alex went on to work both in-house as a greeting card designer and illustrator.


Youth Services Book Review

“Treleaven’s rhyming couplets make the story hop along easily for a read-aloud and sets the happy atmosphere that will follow the characters (and the crumb) . . . Some pages host small details that young readers will love pointing out, such as the expressions of background characters or the decorations.”—Youth Services Book Review