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Carl the Christmas Carp

by Ian Krykorka
illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka

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christmas & advent, europe, fishes
list price: $19.95
also available: Paperback eBook
published: 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 5
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Reading age:
3 to 5
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  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
  • Winner, IODE Book Award - Toronto Chapter winner
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Every year, Radim's family has a delicious carp for Christmas dinner, selected from the huge wooden barrels that line the streets of Prague in December. But this year, when Radim sits by the bathtub feeding breadcrumbs to the fish that his father has chosen, he sees more than a delectable meal.
p>In Carl the Christmas Carp, Ian Krykorka writes a story drawn from his mother's childhood and from life in present day Prague as well. In the vibrant illustrations, Vladyana Krykorka lovingly recreates the city of her birth and her youth, down to the last glorious detail.

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As he watched the fish, Radim got to thinking that it looked a bit like his uncle Carl. "He has whiskers like you and bulging eyes," Radim informed the carp. "I think I'll call you Carl."
Carl gave no sign as to whether he liked his new name or not.

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Editorial Reviews

"This book will be an excellent addition to any collection of multicultural children's literature. Excellent."

— Resource Links

"Nicely paced, descriptive text, which is well-matched with luminous, mixed-media illustrations that evoke both the excitement of the festive, bustling streets and the coziness of lamplit interiors. Direct references to the Baby Jesus make this a good choice for observant Christian families, while families seeking multicultural holiday stories will appreciate this non-American view of tradition."

— Booklist Magazine
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Ian Krykorka

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Vladyana Krykorka

Vladyana Krykorka has illustrated nine stories written by Michael Kusugak. Their books have received international acclaim and won numerous awards. Vladyana lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
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