Carl, the Christmas Carp

Carl, the Christmas Carp

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : Orca Book Publishers, 2006.
ISBN: 9781551433295
Branch Call Number: E KRY
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages :,color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Krykorka, Vladyana


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Set in Prague, this is a story about the Czech tradition of cooking carp for Christmas dinner. The live carp lives in the family’s bath tub for a few days before being made into a Christmas dinner centerpiece but the boy, Radim, takes pity on the fish and releases him into the Vltava river.

Nov 24, 2011

This is a Czech book and Czech tradition. Illustrations are very beautiful depictions of Prague scenery, which brought me right back to my childhood. I was able to read it to my son and even tho the translation is little clumsy, it gave us interesting topic to talk about. Traditions in different cultures. :o)

Jan 02, 2008

Nice-looking publication but the story--about a boy who saves a carp from becoming Christmas dinner--didn't interest our kid in the least.

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