Violet and the Crumbs
A Gluten-Free Adventure
Success has never tasted so good!
The dynamic duo of I Am a Thief by Abigail Rayner (author) and Molly Ruttan (illustrator) have created a new picture book sure to spark conversations about this timely issue.
Violet used to love birthday parties, but now that she has celiac disease, she’s not allowed to eat pizza, cake, or anything else with gluten. Violet feels alone until she discovers that some animals have dietary restrictions as well. While standing up for her animal friends, she realizes she can do the same for herself. And when it’s time to celebrate Violet’s birthday, there isn’t a single gluten-containing crumb in sight!
Filled with pluck and humor, this informative story provides a great opportunity to discuss this increasingly common condition with children who have celiac disease and gluten-intolerance as well as those who know people who have it and are seeking to learn more about it.
This book has been approved by the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Watch the trailer and hear about illustrator Molly Ruttan’s experiences working on Violet on our blog.
Check out our Violet teacher resources including activities and coloring pages.
Read praise for I Am a Thief here.
Anyone who feeds other people would be well served by this tale.
Intriguing artwork deftly illustrates Violet's dilemma. The book begins with “Grains That Contain Gluten,” an illustrated list of the grains and some products in which they are included. More information can be found at the conclusion of Violet’s story in an “About Celiac Disease” section and a listing of grains, starches, and flours that are safe for people who share her illness.
Maryann Owen, Booklist
The diverse, expressive kids and the evil little crumbs with sharp, toothy grins will surely keep young readers engaged...this is a brilliant book on a topic every kid should explore to foster understanding and develop good habits around food.
Kara Cybanski, DC Canada Education Publishing