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Author: Irish Beth Maddock
Publisher: Word Alive Press, IBPA
Date of Publication: January 13th, 2013
This is a delightful children’s book with superb, colourful illustrations and an important message to be shared. Yes, it does have a strong ethic of everything and everyone being important, respecting wildlife and their role in the world which I don’t think should ever be solely viewed as a Christian ethic. The end of the story does have the chorus from the Christian hymn “All things bright and beautiful” but again, it is highly appropriate after this story.
I found the story easy to read and relate to and think children will, too. The overcoming of fear which is based on appearance rather than actions is key to the story, together with how working together can help save lives. I believe children will love reading this story – or having it read to them and the illustrations help bring it all to life.
I suspect teachers and parents would also find this a great story to share with children, one that could easily prompt discussions and be used in many different ways in lessons such as in connection with environmental studies when examining the impact of weather conditions or habitats and, of course, in personal and social education as well as RE.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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 moustached, 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?
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