The Great Carp Escape

The Great Carp Escape

by Irish Beth Maddock


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ISBN-13: 9781486605088
Publisher: Word Alive Press
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Pages: 24
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.06(d)

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The Great Carp Escape 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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. In fact, this book was laying on my desk waiting for me to write the review when my 17-year-old daughter picked it up and read it while cleaning one day. She absolutely LOVED it but mostly for the message behind it all. Haven't we all at one time or another simply felt unworthy or unloved? This allegory of the Gospel of Jesus and how He brings us - as represented by the carp - from dead water to living water in this beautifully illustrated book. This is based on a true story that Maddock experienced after her and her brother spent many afternoons playing in the shallows and discovering God's creation. It promotes compassion and appreciation for all of God's creatures, and helps children discover God's love through understanding and community. It reminds us that we are all beautiful and created for a unique purpose in this life that only we can fulfill. This is a heartwarming story of two children who spend their time looking at the creatures they find in the lake, including the carp, which they discover a dead one while walking along the lake shore with their father. They believe it is truly the ugliest fish they have ever seen. Their dad reminds them that in God's eyes, that fish is pretty wonderful. When a spring thawed causes the water to rise, the children discover some carp are trapped far from the lake and face certain death unless they intervene to save them. How it winds up will have to wait for you to read this book. I received The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock compliments of InChrist Communications and Word Alive Press for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this book, in exchange for my unbiased review of the book. I absolutely LOVE how this one is laid out, from the illustrations, the simple words on each page and most of all the very moral of the story itself. It definitely engages an open conversation with parents and their children who are discovering their own worthiness and issues with self esteem. This proves to be that catalyst for those conversations into what makes us each unique and worthwhile to God. For me, this one rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and my daughter has taken this for her future library for her own children one day.
LivingaFitandFulllife More than 1 year ago
Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock is an adorable book! Siblings Beth and Paul are terrified of the big ugly carp that lives in the marsh near their home and avoid it at just about all costs. It isn't until the fish is in danger that Beth and Paul are able to conquer their fears and find that there's beauty in all Gods creations. This is a beautifully written story and I absolutely love the message in this book. The illustrations are wonderful and my kids really enjoy this book! It's definitely a new bedtime favorite! Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
A Fish Story for the Whole Family There’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 there beauty to be found even in these spiny, scaly fish? God thinks so, and the kids have an opportunity to ponder their own response to God’s “wise and wonderful” creation as they plan and execute a dramatic rescue. No one will mind if you notice that the extent of this rescue effort is a fine picture of God’s Great Rescue Plan for humanity. He goes to incredible lengths to steer us into the best current, and bends over backwards to let us know how beautiful we are — and how worth the effort. Illustrator Lucent Ouano has painted a realistic setting for the adventure . . . oh, and I counted 17 appearances of the adorable white and black-spotted kitty (18 if I count the cover). How many do you find? // This book was provided by the author in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful children’s book with superb, colourful illustrations and an important message to be shared. Yes, it does have a strong ethic of everything and everyone being important, respecting wildlife and their role in the world which I don’t think should ever be solely viewed as a Christian ethic. The end of the story does have the chorus from the Christian hymn “All things bright and beautiful” but again, it is highly appropriate after this story. I found the story easy to read and relate to and think children will, too. The overcoming of fear which is based on appearance rather than actions is key to the story, together with how working together can help save lives. I believe children will love reading this story - or having it read to them and the illustrations help bring it all to life. I suspect teachers and parents would also find this a great story to share with children, one that could easily prompt discussions and be used in many different ways in lessons such as in connection with environmental studies when examining the impact of weather conditions or habitats and, of course, in personal and social education as well as RE. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Montzalee Wittmann More than 1 year ago
The Great Carp Escape is a cute children's story about how all God's creatures are beautiful regardless of what they look like on the outside. There is a pair of children that find a dead carp and find it ugly. Later, after enjoying a season with a pond full of carp, the pond is drying up and they want to help the carp get out. It is a book of humanity, spirituality, (NOT religion- I don't like books that push religion), working together, and caring for others. The pictures are colorful and bright and I know my grandkids would love this book because there is so much to see in the pictures. The artist puts lots of little things in besides the main action. It is a cute story with a good moral without the kids knowing they are getting a moral lesson.
Bodee More than 1 year ago
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 lake and guide the carp down the new creek. My daughter and I enjoyed reading this story as we followed Beth and Paul as they learn that even ugly fish like the carp need help. The illustrations are beautiful and vivid which helps add even more life to a beautiful story. I highly recommend this book for any school, library and family.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
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 the pond and find tadpoles and carp. They still think they are ugly. As the pond shrinks though, they are worried the carp will die without water. They go to their dad for help and he tells them that they can try and save the carp by digging a trench from the pond to the lake. When the neighbours hear what they are doing, they come to help and eventually the carp swim to freedom. Once all the carp are in the lake, Beth, Paul and their father stand on the edge of the lake and reflect with pride on what they have done. This is an excellent nature book for it gives the lesson that animals, even wild ones, need to be taken care of. Despite their dislike of the appearance of the carp, Beth and Paul work to save them and when they are done, they feel very good about what they have accomplished. It also shows us that outward appearances of creatures and people do not measure the worth of that creature or person. Moral decisions and how they affect the world could also be discussed. The illustrations are also very well done, there is a great deal of detail in the people, the background and the animals. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
readamaroll More than 1 year ago
Can't get your kids to the lake? This story refreshingly brings the lake to you... In a world filled with silly, meaningless children's books, here is one that actually has solid take aways for both child and adult alike. The illustrations are vibrant and fantastic by far which are alluring to kids, although they could have portrayed the story better in some scenes. Yet this Christian based children's book has more than one positive, uplifting message - a very good book indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this book. Not only is it a wonderful story, but it also comes with a great message. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story itself is charming to all audiences. I read it to my 4 year old cousin one night at bedtime and he (miraculously) sat and listened to the whole story, cover to cover. It's the perfect addition to any bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Sometimes God's creatures need a helping hand when they become lost or stuck. The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock and illustrated by Lucent Ouano tells the story of how some ugly fish are treated just the same as the more beautiful of God's creatures. Beth and Paul enjoyed playing along the edge of the lake, spending their summer days watching the minnows and digging for clams in the mud. They discovered another fish, a rather ugly one near the drooping willows. That ugly fish was a carp, not a particularly pleasing sight for the two. They tended to stay away from the drooping willows along the edge of the lake to avoid having the carp nibble on their toes. One spring, however, when the flood waters came, a school of carp was trapped in a pool. With no way to escape, the ugly fish would never make it back to the lake. Would Beth and Paul let them die or was there a way to help them out? You'll have to read the story to find out. Irish Beth Maddock has written a simple story with a sound message in The Great Carp Escape. Although carp are not particularly attractive, they are one of God's creatures and in their way have a certain sort of beauty that is all their own. It is impossible not to be drawn into this story without fully appreciating the rich colors and awesome detail. A simple message with profound meaning and illustrated beautifully, The Great Carp Escape is a great addition to any child's book collection.
CathrynD More than 1 year ago
I recently received a copy of this children's book and was thrilled upon reading it. This is a story for all children. In the book we see that ALL of creation is unique and this uniqueness translates into beauty and importance. The story of the carp reminds us that sometimes we do not show kindness and caring because of the "appearance" - that this might be our initial response to not just something or someone in the world, but all things and all people need and want our caring and love. When we do reach out, we see the reward not only to the recipient of the caring, but also the reward to ourselves. When we are there for others we help them survive and thrive. The carp may not be able to say thank you or return the favour but we can rest in knowing that have all of God's creation needs help and assistance at times. To me, this is the story of the GOOD SAMARITAN, but written in a way that children will really understand. Further, I believe this book can open a door to a great deal of conversation between children and their parent and loved ones. We are ALL valuable, as this shorty story for children reveals. Lastly, I think this book has a place not only in family life, but in schools and places of worship. Cathryn M