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Carp in the Bathtub
by Barbara Cohen
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
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Product Details
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing; edition (Apr 1, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0930494679
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 Based on 5 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 398940

Customer Reviews

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5GREAT BOOK!, Sep 4, 2023
This was a Great book. My sons read this as one of their AR reading books for school. It's about a carp that is to become apart of Passover Dinner. The children become attached to the carp and want to keep it for their pet. It has a cute ending.

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

5Gefilte fish, Sep 24, 2023
This wonderful 1972 story recalls the days in Brooklyn when most families had to share their bathrooms with neighbors and everyone managed.

The narrator recalls a particular year, perhaps during the 1930s or 1940s. Rosh Hashonah and Passover, aside from more important things, then also meant eating Mama's gefilte fish, which she made from fresh carp. By the day before the holiday, the market had no more big fish, so Mama always bought her carp a week in advance, and stored it, fresh, in the bathtub.

This particular year, though, Harry and Leah fell in love with the carp. "Some carp are much more lovable than others, and that Passover, we had an unusually playful and intelligent carp in our bathtub," says Leah. To save the carp, they brought the fish downstairs to Mrs. Ginzburg, who agreed to put the carp in her bathtub instead.

They hoped their father would save "Joe," but Papa would have none of it. He went straight to Mrs. Ginzburg's apartment, and retrieved their beloved fish before their mother even knew he was missing.

The children in the story never ate gefilte fish again, but a few weeks after their favorite carp died, their father brought home a cat, which they also named Joe.

Aside from teaching kids about bygone traditions, this story explains that they cannot always have what they want. No surprise, they love it as much as most kids love gefilte fish. Alyssa A. Lappen

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5Loved this book!, Aug 28, 2023
I loved this book growing up. I agree with the previous reviewer...I am not Jewish and this ranks up with one of my favorite children's books. (My favorite being Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter). I always thought it was so neat that they had a carp swimming in their bathtub!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

5A GREAT BOOK !, Dec 10, 2022
I think that Carp In The Bathtub is a great book for ages 4-13 the pictures were very funny ,and creative. It was interesting. It was entertaining also you can picture it in your head like you were in their shoes. The characters were pretty average people. I think the ending was a surprise. Like the rest of the normal books it starts off as a normal day some of it is boring. also some of it is exciting to. The basicage spain is about 4-13 on average ofmost of the readers would find it entereasting most of the book and so do I.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5One of the classics of my childhood., Aug 31, 2023
My parents read this story to me and my brother and sister every Passover. It's a wonderful, funny story about two children who make a pet of the doomed carp bought to become part of the Seder meal each year. I would note that like all of the books I've read by this author, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy it--I think it would appeal as much to gentile children as it did to me.


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