The Great Carp Escape

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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 wa

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!Beautiful message about taking care of all the creatures, even those that aren't "cute". This story is all about sense of responsibility, team work, and concern about the nature.Age range: 4 to 8 years old.I received this copy from the author through Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest review.Check out more children's book reviews in my Reviews in Chalk Blog!Bestseller The Great Carp Escape Creat Irish Beth Maddock am Kindle 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. Irish Beth Maddock nee Fell was a former columnist for two local newspapers, had stories published in Reader s Digest Canada, and shared on CHBC Television Her award winning children s book, The Great Carp Escape has been and broadcasted on programs like 100 Huntley Street, The Harvest Show, Bridges Nashville on CTN and CBC Radio to name a few outlets.She is a published poet, and has both performed in and directed plays and musical theater productions A playwright for a church drama production, her three part monologue Tapestry helped fund raise over 1,000 So began the realization that she can help raise much needed funds for great causes with her creativity.Her award winning children s book, The Great Carp Escape is available as a fundraiser for schools, charities, churches and other ministries For information please contact info irishbethmaddock In the mean time, Irish would like to continue doing something about those ideas that get downloaded into her brain at 2 AM. Bestseller Book The Great Carp Escape 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 mystery, surprise and good-story telling ability that keeps kids entertained and delighted. Reaching a little further, the author shows the compassion and love of a father and that the father will help even the “ugly” fish out of someplace that has the potential to harm them. A very endearing story ~ reminding all that God, our Father, will do the same for us when we get stuck . . . His will is for all to have safety and sustenance and this includes even for the seemingly insignificant fish A fantastic allegory as the carp escape to fresh waters….a great message for all and fun and safe Christian based tale for children and adults alike. A highly recommended read that will leave you with a smile!"Congratulations on authoring such a wonderful children's book. We need more books like yours that can mentor our children."

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    Irish Beth Maddock nee Fell was a former columnist for two local newspapers, had stories published in Reader s Digest Canada, and shared on CHBC Television Her award winning children s book, The Great Carp Escape has been and broadcasted on programs like 100 Huntley Street, The Harvest Show, Bridges Nashville on CTN and CBC Radio to name a few outlets.She is a published poet, and has both performed in and directed plays and musical theater productions A playwright for a church drama production, her three part monologue Tapestry helped fund raise over 1,000 So began the realization that she can help raise much needed funds for great causes with her creativity.Her award winning children s book, The Great Carp Escape is available as a fundraiser for schools, charities, churches and other ministries For information please contact info irishbethmaddock In the mean time, Irish would like to continue doing something about those ideas that get downloaded into her brain at 2 AM

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  • 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 mystery, s [...]


  • 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 messag [...]


  • 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 any.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 Beautiful messa [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 a [...]


  • 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 anothe [...]


  • 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 review Op [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 fa [...]


  • 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 Irish Beth Maddock is a [...]


  • 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 Langu [...]


  • 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 Summer [...]


  • 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 po [...]


  • 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 a [...]


  • 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 there beau [...]


  • 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 weeping will [...]


  • 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 the help [...]


  • 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 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 tale th [...]


  • 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 a p [...]


  • 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 is a simple story but in no [...]


  • Bon je vais mettre 1,5 ou 2 car je ne veux pas tre m chanteJe ne sais pas trop quoi penser de cet album En voyant la couverture je ne pensais pas que les illustrations seraient comme a Je n ai pas t sensible celles ciEt puis m me si l histoire aurait pu tre mignonne 2 enfants qui essayent de sauver des carpes de la mort , les r f rences religieuses arrivent et l j ai d croch encore plus.C est mon ressenti personnel sur l histoire et les illustrations I don t know what to think about this book To [...]


  • 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 g [...]


  • 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 can fo [...]


  • 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 scientific approach would have held my attention better The other problem at [...]


  • 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 what good can [...]


  • 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 stuck in [...]


  • 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 Henry Mon [...]


  • 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 listened rap [...]


  • 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 received [...]


  • 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 story, a [...]


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