Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Great Carp Escape by Irish Beth Maddock - With a Dash of "Where's Waldo!" An Original Inspirational Fish Tale!

An Allegory based on a true story...Beside a house on a large lake, blue-green waves gentle lapped against the shoreline. This was where Beth and her little brother Paul lives. They would play on the sandy beach for hours. When the sun came out, they would swim in the fresh water and splash each other. The warm days of summer were the children's favorite time of year. Paul would take a stick and dig in the wet sand to look for lake clams. Wearing a scuba mask and snorkel, Beth would lie still in the shallow water. If she didn't move, tiny fish called minnows would swim right up to her nose!

The only place the children did not go was near the swampy reeds. Here the weeping willow dipped its long, leafy branches into the lake. If Beth and Paul weren't careful, their feet would get stuck in the mud. But that was not the only reason the children avoided the reeds. Once, while walking along the beach with their dad, Paul found a dead fish on the shoreline. "Ewww!" cried Beth. "Daddy, look! That's the ugliest fish I've ever seen!" Paul poked it with a stick...

The Great Carp Escape

Written by Irish Beth Maddock
Illustrated by Lucent Ouano

I wasn't surprised that this children's book is based upon a true story--one that any family who lives by water... and cares...would do. That is, to set out to save some trapped fish! The story is about a family, with a young boy and girl, together with their parents who live beside a large lake. And have the opportunity to enjoy living with nature day after day and learn about God's creatures! And, while you are reading their story, a special friend of theirs, I named after Waldo, who can be found on almost every single page of the book, so you can play "find Waldo" as you read! There he is on the corner of the front cover!

The book itself is lovely with 24 full-color pictures on 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 high-quality paper. It is an excellent opportunity to teach children about our role in helping to save and protect God's wonderful creatures, even if all of them are not quite so beautiful to look at... and especially if  they get themselves in trouble through no fault of their own...

I appreciated the opportunity to read this paperbook and provide my personal thoughts on the story... you may want to consider it for the upcoming 


Irish Beth Maddock (nee Fell) was a columnist for two local newspapers, had stories published in Reader's Digest Canada, and broadcasted on 100 Huntley Street, CHBC Television and CBC Radio.
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.
A member of SCBWI, IBPA, Inscribe & The Word Guild, Irish would like to continue doing something about those ideas that get downloaded into her brain at 2 AM.

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