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The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock is an allegorical picture book based on a true story from the author’s life. Brother and sister Beth and Paul live near a lake and grow up exploring the beach and the creatures of the shore–except for a muddy area that they try to avoid. This area contains a type of fish called a carp that the kids find to be ugly and scary. Their father lovingly reminds them that all creatures are beautiful in the eyes of God.
The Great Carp Escape teaches young readers about compassion and respect for all living things. It also shows how God watches over all of us–and how we all need Him to rescue us from the muddy waters. Sitting down with this beautiful book and reading with a child is a wonderful way to start a conversation with them about the bigger themes woven into the story. There are several details within the book that young readers will be delighted to spy–and the message of the story is gently reinforced through the illustrations.
In addition to the message of acceptance in The Great Carp Escape, it is a fun addition to a pond or lake nature study unit. With a field guide in hand, kids can learn more about the lakeside habitat featured in the story, including details like cattails, weeping willows, geese, lake clams, minnows, dragonflies, frogs, and more–and don’t forget the carp! This is a wonderful book for cross-curricular study in the classroom or homeschool, in addition to being a valuable story of acceptance and redemption to share with kids.
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