Little Crumb | 1999
In a Dutch port in 1921 lives a 10-year-old boy, known to everyone simply as 'Little Crumb'. His foster mother, Mrs. Koster, who has cared for him since he was a baby, is very poor so Little Crumb must somehow earn his keep out on the streets. He can only go home after he has earned enough money. One day Mrs. Koster dies and on her deathbed she gives Little Crumb a locket containing the photographs of his parents. From this moment on, the boy keeps the locket with him wherever he goes. Wilkes the greengrocer knows the street gang all too well and decides to take in Little Crumb to live with him. Wilkes is working on a book about the adventures he had with his childhood friend. When he shows Little Crumb a photograph of this friend, Little Crumb is gobsmacked to see that this young man is none other than the man in the photograph in his locket. His name, he learns, is Harry Volker and he went to America as a gold prospector a good ten years ago.
Little Crumb pesters Wilkes until finally, he agrees to set out to look for Volker. In the meantime, Little Crumb is put in a children's home. Life there is far from a bed of roses, but at least Little Crumb can live in hope of one day meeting his parents. Who knows, maybe the future holds something better in store for him than a life on the streets. . .