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Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Swimmy (1963)

by Leo Lionni

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This picture book is about a tiny fish named Swimmy. One day he escapes being eaten by a big fish, and goes on an adventure. He meets all kinds of new friends like a jellyfish and a lobster. Eventually, he finds a new family to have adventures with.

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I loved the artwork in the book because I always find the watercolors to be very soothing. This book was given to me by one of my old elementary school teachers to help me not be so scared of making new friends.

Classroom Extension Ideas:

1) In the classroom, I could have the children paint sea creatures using watercolors like the ones in the book.
2) We could all try to make a big fish together, and take a picture to send home to their families.
  Jenna.McMillen | Feb 10, 2016 |

This is a very clever story about Swimmy, the only black fish in a school of red fish. One day all of the Red fish get eaten by a larger fish and Swimmy has to find a new school.... The problem with this story is there are many words that do not rhyme and the illustrations are small so it is difficult to read to a group. However, one on one (or two), this can be a fun and engaging story.

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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
I like this book very much. It is a cute story of how a small fish creatively learns how to face danger successfully. The illustrations are the colorful collages of Leo Lionni. They make a beautiful background for the sea life of this story. I like that there are sea creatures that can be shown to toddlers and a message for them to learn. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Dec 14, 2015 |
This book is quite sad! Swimmy (who is the only black fish in a school of orange fish) looses his whole school. They get eaten by a bigger fish. Swimmy goes on an adventure and ends up finding another school of orange fish. He directs them to get close together into the shape of a big fish, and swimmy ends up being the eye of the fish. This story shows kids that being different is a good thing. ( )
  stuhldryer | Oct 25, 2015 |
Swimmy is the story of a little fish who believes in the power of working together to be unafraid of the world. He is a black fish among many red ones and he one day unexpectedly ends up alone. He figures out that there is so much in the world that he has not yet seen. He figures out that if he and the other red fish work together, they can venture out into the world without the fear of being eaten by other larger fish.

This book is the perfect metaphor for cooperation and being unafraid to take risks and chances in the world. It can be the start of discussions on team building and creating a classroom community that makes all students feel safe and valued. Working together, your students and classroom can be like a big red fish with a black eye!

Lionni, Leo. (1963). Swimmy. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ( )
  kerrydaimon | Oct 16, 2015 |
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For my friend, Alfredo Segre who gave Swimmy his name.
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A happy little school of fish lived in a corner of the sea somewhere.
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"Swimmy" is about a litte black fish who is the fastest swimmer in the sea. When the big fish come and eat his fish friends, he is able to get away in time because he swims so well. Even though he is grateful for his ability to be a great swimmer, he misses his friends and is sad he has lost them. When he meets new little fish and encounters more big fish, Swimmy thinks of a great way to save the little fish from the big fish. As a result, his friends and he can swim together forever. This book is a great story to read to children of all ages. It is a story about teamwork and helping others in need. The book also teaches children to never underestimate a person's size.
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Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place on every child’s shelf.

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A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.

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