The Great Carp Escape

The Great Carp Escape Tadpoles clams and minnows WOW For siblings Beth and Paul growing up on a lake and exploring the wonders of aquatic life is fun until the children encounter a startling fishy find along the shore

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  • Title: The Great Carp Escape
  • Author: Irish Beth Maddock
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Tadpoles, clams, and minnows WOW For siblings Beth and Paul, growing up on a lake and exploring the wonders of aquatic life is fun, until the children encounter a startling, fishy find along the shoreline When the kids discover the mustached, scaly blue carp they found lives in the marsh near their home, they become afraid Seasons pass and Beth and Paul avoid the swampTadpoles, clams, and minnows WOW For siblings Beth and Paul, growing up on a lake and exploring the wonders of aquatic life is fun, until the children encounter a startling, fishy find along the shoreline When the kids discover the mustached, scaly blue carp they found lives in the marsh near their home, they become afraid Seasons pass and Beth and Paul avoid the swampy reeds at all costs until a natural occurrence brings about a life or death situation for the creepy looking carp, right in their own backyard With guidance from their father, will Beth and Paul be able to overcome their apprehensions about the carp and help save them before it is too late

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    1. The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock is a beautifully illustrated children’s story that teaches God’s love and guidance for all of His creation. Filled with wonder and childlike light-heartedness, this story centers on Beth and her little brother Paul and their days at their home on a lake. Created from some of the author’s memories growing up, this story is an allegory based on a true story. Perfect for children of all ages, the author combines a sweet hometown feel with a bit of m [...]

    2. I first saw this book on Netgalley as a read now and grabbed it. The cover is why I picked it, being a cat lover, but also because I love the water and all things that are part of it. I didn't realize at the time what a great message it carries. I think kids would really enjoy this story about brother and sister, Paul and Beth, helping some funny looking fish and the absolutely charming illustrations. Parents will enjoy reading it to their kids. It's a feel good that also carries a much needed m [...]

    3. Beth and Paul don't like carp fish. They are actually a little scared of them. That's why they don't go near the weeping willow anymore.But one day the carp fish need help. They are trapped and the water level is getting lower and lower. What a challenge for Beth and Paul!Despite their fear these generous kids, with Dad and neighbors of the area will work together digging a canal to allow the carp fish to escape. How happy everyone was when they finally succeed and the carp fish swam free!Beauti [...]

    4. This is a wonderfully illustrated book that teaches compassion, rising above fear and teamwork. It's a Christian book helps teach that God loves all his creatures, regardless of how others see them. This is a beautiful book to share with children and open a discussion on the values shown. Younger children will be able to use the wonderful pictures to help with the discussion. A really good book! I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.

    5. About the Book:Tadpoles, clams, and minnows wow! For siblings Beth and Paul, growing up on a lake is fun until they are startled by a fishy find along the shoreline. When they discover the scaly, mustached carp, they become afraid.Seasons pass, and Beth and Paul avoid the swampy reeds at all costs until a flood brings about a life-or-death situation for the creepy looking carp, right in their own backyard!With guidance from their father, will Beth and Paul be able to overcome their apprehensions [...]

    6. A lesson about protecting nature, even when we don’t like how it looks Murky, stagnant water smells and looks bad, something to avoid as it is also generally muddy around and underneath it. Siblings Beth and Paul are growing up on the edge of a lake and there is a reed patch of stagnant water under a willow tree that they don’t go near.One day they are walking on the edge of the lake with their dad and they see a very ugly dead fish on the bank. They are told that it is a carp and it is yet [...]

    7. The Great Carp Escape is a sweet story about a father and his two children enjoying the great out-of-doors. They encounter a carp (fish) that is in danger of being cut off from the water supply by a pond drying up. So father and children devise a plan to save the carp.The story has a strong Christian message and also teaches children about protecting all living creatures. The story flows gently and is well written.DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the author to facilitate this rev [...]

    8. A sweet story about children learing about the beauty in all creatures. When Beth and Paul find an ugly, dead fish of the shoreline, they understandingly feel afraid and scared. But when they find a group of these same fish stuck in a pond with no acess to the sea, they are compelled to help and in doing so learn about the value of life, no matter what form it takes.A big thank you to the author for sending me a free copy of the book as a winner of a giveaway.

    9. If you truly know what a Carp is, then you will know that they are not the most desired fish. In fact, most people who fish for them are out to kill them simply for the sport and they are like the rats of the fresh water system. More pests than anything and not even fit for consumption. It is hard to imagine how there could be a great moral lesson tucked into the pages of this beautifully illustrated children's book that debuts from author Irish Beth Maddock. Yet that is exactly the very point. [...]

    10. I grew up hearing the words from my Grandmother, “You are beautiful, just the way you are.” My Grannie was a firm believer that God has created each and every one of us perfectly…no matter how imperfect we believe we may be! How often in my childhood did I not approach a group of potential new friends because I felt I wasn’t pretty enough or had the right clothes. Sometimes it is hard to look past the outside appearance to see the beauty within.“The Great Carp Escape” written by Iris [...]

    11. As a school based literacy specialist, I have enjoyed using The Great Carp Escape in my teaching practice. The book engages students from the opening sentence with descriptive vocabulary and reliable characters that students can identify with. My students related to the characters and the problems faced and overall, loved hearing the story. We stopped often and talked about vocabulary; like what is a carp, and where the story takes place. The students I work with, for the most part, are English [...]

    12. The Great Carp Escape is wonderfulA young girl, Beth, and her younger brother, Paul, live near a huge lake where they loved to play on the sandy beach. There was an area nearby where there were swampy reeds with carp swimming in the water. Beth and Paul are curious children who find interest in nature around them. Sometimes, they would walk along the shore and find a dead carp that they thought was ugly. Their father reminded Beth and Paul that God thinks the fish is wonderful, just like them. S [...]

    13. Beth and Paul live near the lake and love spending time in the water and on the beach. The do not like going near the willow tree where the water is stagnant and the ugly carp live there. They are worried that the carp might nibble their toes. Their dad tells them that they are one of nature and God's creatures and they are all part of the world. When the lake rises in the spring, the yard floods and a small pond forms near the willow tree. As the water starts to recede, the children check out t [...]

    14. The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock is a picturebook. For siblings Beth and Paul, growing up on a lake is fun However, when they discover the scaly, moustached carp, they become afraid and avoid the area the carp frequent. When a flood brings about a life-or-death situation for the creepy looking carp, they need to overcome their apprehensions about the carp and help save them before it's too late.The Great Carp Escape starts with a nice connection siblings Beth and Paul have with nature [...]

    15. A Fish Story for the Whole FamilyThere’s nothing like summer fun on the scenic shores of a lake: sand between the toes, an afternoon spent face-down in the clear, cold water, tiny fish peering back at you through your goggles. Irish Beth Maddock celebrates the beauty of the creatures that God has made through the eyes of Paul and Beth, a brother and sister who are loving every minute of their summer — even the experience of shuddering over the swampy water where the ugly carp fish live.Is th [...]

    16. Beth and Paul are siblings that live near a lake. They love spending their summers playing in the sand and swimming in the lake. One day they come across a dead carp on the beach and are afraid of them. They don't like the carps because they are scaly with barbels or mustaches that come out next to their mouth. The kids decide to avoid the area the carps swim in under the weeping willows. During a spring thaw, the lake floods into the family's yard. As it recedes, a pond is left under the weepin [...]

    17. The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock and illustrated by Lucent Ouano, is a fun, cute story. It is about a brother and sister, Beth and Paul, who grew up on a lake. One day along the shore line they find a gross and scary carp with a moustache. After the run-in with the carp Beth and Paul avoid the reeds along the lake’s shore. Until one day they discover many carp trapped in a pond near their home. As much as they don’t like the carp, Beth and Paul do not want the fish to die. So with [...]

    18. readjezireread/20I received the following book from netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.I had the opportunity to to speak with the author about her lovely story and she kindly provided me with a physical copy of the book.She let me know that this was based on a story from her own childhood which just made this story all the more special.What a great story about overcoming fears and coming to terms with things that are different from you and helping and persevering. A fun fishy t [...]

    19. What a delightful book! I bought this book for my grandchildren. We have a cottage and the delights of exploring the water and the aquatic life with my grandchildren is one of the things I love best and Maddock was able to articulate that experience. She truly captured the pure joy of exploring a lake. She teaches children to love nature as God's creation and to value living things.Like all great children's books, this story teaches at several levels and so for me as an adult, this book also had [...]

    20. I read The Great Carp escape with my children, a boy aged 7 & a girl who just turned 4. My son described the book as having beautiful imagery (not referring to the illustrations). Both children were engaged by the illustrations, especially spotting the cat on every page, & the story itself. They were able to follow the story & understood the moral, with the added bonus of learning a new word (barbels). For me it was a pleasant change from overly simplified (don't get me wrong, this i [...]

    21. Bon je vais mettre 1,5 ou 2 car je ne veux pas être méchanteJe ne sais pas trop quoi penser de cet album. En voyant la couverture je ne pensais pas que les illustrations seraient comme ça. Je n'ai pas été sensible à celles ciEt puis même si l'histoire aurait pu être mignonne : ​2 enfants qui essayent de sauver des carpes de la mort​, ​les références religieuses arrivent et là j'ai décroché encore plus.C'est mon ressenti personnel sur l'histoire et les illustrations----------- [...]

    22. The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock, illustrated by Lucent Ourano, is a story about taking care of all God’s creatures, even the ugly ones. Beth and Paul live by a lake. They often on the shore and swim. Paul likes to dig for clams while Beth likes to snorkel and lie so still that minnows swim up to her nose. One day, they discover that the carp have been trapped in a pond under a weeping willow. Together with their dad and neighbors, Beth and Paul dig a trench from the pond to the lak [...]

    23. Irish Beth Maddock does a great job in moving the plot in her children's book, The Great Carp Escape. Carp are probably the most disliked of all fish, but even though they look so ugly, the children in this story find a way to help them. This book is masterfully designed with a clear theme: Compassion shouldn't be based on popularity or defined beauty. The book is produced in high quality gloss, color pages that will stand the test of little fingers. This book is best read to pre-schoolers who c [...]

    24. I received this in exchange for an honest review. Irish Beth Maddock has created a true to life story that each kid has the ability to relate to. I wanted to like this story but for me and my children it was not up our alley. The reason for this was the biblical references. It is not that I do not believe in a higher power but it just was hard for me to stomach in this book because it was not immersed seamlessly. I think a more scientific approach would have held my attention better. The other p [...]

    25. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this charming book. In it we meet Beth and Paul as they explore the natural world around them. Just like typical kids they are fascinated by the one place they are not allowed to go – the swampy reeds.However, they soon discover that carp are trapped in the swampy reeds and will die without intervention. The illustrations are engaging and powerful. They reflect the essence of the story and work to collaborate the plot beautifully.The story also shows us wh [...]

    26. For full review please go to: 5girlsbookreviews, Twitter @camartinez and Facebook "5 Girls Book Reviews"REVIEW BY: Angelina, age 9 yearsMAY CONTAIN SPOILER:I really liked and enjoyed this book. It was about a brother and sister who lived near the water, but they would always avoid the swampy area because they had once found a dead fish there. The fish was a carp. It snowed a lot and there was a small pond in the kids' backyard because of the snow melting. There were a bunch of live carp that got [...]

    27. I really enjoyed this little book! I think it is a fun story for children with a good message. The illustrations are lovely and the overall back story is that God made all things for a purpose, even when we think things are ugly. We shouldn't be quick to judge and need to be kind and this story teaches children what that means."All things bright and beautiful,All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all."All Things Bright and Beautiful by Williams Henr [...]

    28. The Great Carp Escape is a true tale from author Irish Beth Maddock’s childhood that tells a deeper truth about caring for God’s creation. Through working together to save a school of fish from a vanishing pond, siblings Beth and Paul learn that seemingly ugly creatures are beautiful and worthwhile after all—a valuable lesson for all of us.My four children enjoyed this story, full of scientific facts about nature, moral considerations, mild suspense, and attractive illustrations. They list [...]

    29. We all know a carp is not a beautiful fishither are they fit to be eaten. The author has taken the least desirable and woven a tale that is wonderful for teaching children that we are to love and care for all God's children matter what they look like. This book is delightful, beautifully written, and illustrated. It isn't just for children, I think it would be good for adults as well to take us back to what God's love is all about. This story would make a great film. I highly recommend it! I rec [...]

    30. What a sweet story! With wonderful illustrations by Lucent Ouano, Beth and Paul’s story of discovery and challenge is a delight to read. The author’s own childhood memory is the backdrop for this uplifting tale, and she brings it to life with lilting prose that carries readers to a satisfying end.I was offered a pdf copy of this book in return for my honest opinion, and I was able to share it with my seven-year-old granddaughter who was visiting at the time. We agreed that it’s a wonderful [...]

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