The Great Carp Escape is a beautiful children’s story with a deep message reminding us just how deep God’s love is for us and all living creatures. Written by Irish Beth Maddock and based on a true story the illustrator transports the readers to a small beach front in Canada with allegorical images of geese, weeping willow, evergreen, waves, and carp! Your child will enjoy reading of the adventures of this dynamic sibling pair and the habits of the ocean life found along the shoreline. Swimming, snorkling, and even clam fishing; the story quickly develops into a lifelong lesson that Beth, Paul (the siblings), and your own child will never forget as the children take a walk with dad. Stumbling upon what has been defined as the ugliest fish ever seen (the carp) by Beth, their dad explains that beauty is more then skin deep. Our creator loves each and everyone of us and designed us with love; including the CARP. “God thinks this fish is wonderful!” Smiling, he added, “God thinks you’re wonderful too!” This is my ultimate favorite line in the book. There is so much relief in this single line, to know that above everything else that my creator thinks I am wonderful! ” That means I am wonderfully made!” my almost teenage daughter exclaimed as I read that line aloud. This brought a huge smile to her face and joy to her heart. As a teenager this is a big message to receive, when everything around you seems so awkward and out of place and you question your sole purpose for belonging. We too can find the beauty not just in this strange fish with spiny fins and large scales but every living creature if only we look through our Father’s eyes.
This is sure to be a family favorite and will change how ya’ll view the world around you!
Thank you to Irish Beth Maddock for allowing me the opportunity to review The Great Carp Escape with a complimentary copy and allowing me to express my honest opinion.
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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend by Andy Andrews
This is an adorable story about a young boy that is having trouble fitting in and is in search of a very special friend. But who??? Learn how God’s plan for Henry unravels and how he found happiness and companionship in his new forever friend that God chose for him…a new family pet!
From the Author:
From Andy Andrews, the best selling author of The Kid Who Changed the World, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who often feel left out or are in need of a good friend.
At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don’t fit in or are left out—just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.
Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!
I absolutely enjoyed reading this story to my children. We all struggle with fitting in at some point in our lives. It is so easy for parents to over look this and forget it’s not always easy to make friends. But…GOD never forgets and he has a very special plan for you and will help you overcome these yucky feelings. Like Henry Hodges, God has chosen a special friend just for you!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Today’s post is written by my sweet guest, Juliet. She is a one of the team members and a co creator of Positiviti. Positivi is a a positive community created for students by students that have experienced some sort of bullying on school campus or at home. Continue to read more about Positiviti and how you can get involved!
Positiviti, the site created for students struggling in situations at school and home, has officially been launched! Our site is an open space for students in upper elementary through high school grade levels, allowing them a place to go when their options in tough situations feel limited. On the site, students can access a ‘PositivFeed’ with quotes and messages of encouragement that have been left by the Positiviti Team and fellow students. Positiviti also has a site Mailbox page, where students can send in a message to Positiviti describing their situation at our Helpbox. Not only is the Helpbox a place where students can speak out about their situation, but Positiviti will respond with a personalized message of uplift for the student about what they’re going through. Our Mailbox page also includes a Dropbox, where students can submit positive messages for us to post onto the site.
As three students who have experienced the effects of bullying, we created this site because we know how it feels not knowing what to do about your situation. We are hoping to reach anyone who simply needs a space to receive encouragement, because feeling alone is the hardest part of dealing with what you face. Positiviti’s goal is to simply be a friend accessible to any student going through any issue. The hardest thing about dealing with situations at school and home is the feeling that you can’t say anything about what you’re going through. Positiviti’s goal is to be a webspace where students feel free to message us and get a chance to express themselves, while also receiving encouragement to keep going.
Positiviti is looking to spread the word of our site for students who need encouragement, but we are also looking for students who are willing to step up and become a part of our message of hope. Students can join us by accessing our site, where they can then click to our ‘Positiviti Team’ page. By joining the Positiviti Team, students volunteer to speak with people from their school about what they’re going through if they need to talk to someone face-to-face. To join our team, all students have to do is fill out a quick form on our Positiviti Team page so we can add them to our Team List. Members of our team are also asked to spread around the message of our site, as we want this to become as widespread as possible. We call our movement the Positiviti Virus, and we want to infect as many students as we can.
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