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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