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Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Swimmy (1963)

by Leo Lionni

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Swimmy is the story of a little, black fish in the ocean that stands out from his school of red fish. The school of red fish are eaten and Swimmy is left all alone. He travels throughout the ocean and finds another school of red fish that hide in the rocks. Thanks to an idea from Swimmy, they came together to frighten off the bigger fish. This is an excellent book to teach plot. You can also use this book to talk about the issues of working together, scary events, introducing vocabulary like protagonist and being comfortable with the qualities that make you different. This is a beloved story, you can share with students for multiple purposes. ( )
  GloriaSidney | Mar 15, 2019 |
Living deep in the sea, a happy school of little fish find many wonders in their watery home. But there are dangers, too, and they are afraid to come out of hiding until Swimmy comes along. How does the little fish solve their problem and help them overcome danger?

A Caldecott Honor book, “Swimmy” offers young readers colorful illustrations, a charming tale, and a strong lesson about working together to solve problems. A classic tale for parents and children to enjoy together.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Mar 1, 2019 |
A happy school of little fish enjoy swimming around in the sea. All of them are red, except Swimmy. He is the only black fish. One horrifying day, a large tuna fish comes out of nowhere and swallows up all of the red fish. Swimmy is the only one to escape and finds himself traveling throughout the sea until he finds a school of little red fish just like his own hiding in the rocks and weeds. Swimmy introduces to these little fish and to readers the importance of teamwork. When working together, the little fish create what appears to be a huge fish (with Swimmy as the black eye of course) to scare off the dangerous (actual) large fish. The colorful paintings in this story will captivate the interest of any young reader. ( )
  AlyssaMacy | Feb 19, 2019 |
I hope to have this book in my classroom some day. I think that this book conveys the message that there is strength in numbers. Swimmy is brave, and he doesn't let fear stop him from enjoying his life as a little fish. The author uses paint as his medium for this book. Color is used to create a beautiful underwater world. It is also used to show that Swimmy is different from the rest of the fish. The way that he is black while all the other little fish are red, forces him to stand out to the reader. Texture is also used to bring the setting to life. ( )
  BMayeux | Feb 14, 2019 |
In this vibrant-colored children's fiction picture book, Swimmy the fish comes across a problem in the ocean. He is the fastest of his kind, until he finds others like him. Swimmy and his new fish friends have to think of a problem and work together in order to swim in the ocean and not get eaten by the bigger fish.
  abbye183 | Jan 28, 2019 |
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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 a little black fish who is the fastest swimmer in the sea. Swimmy and his friends love to swim together, until one day his friends are eaten by bigger fish. Swimmy got away just in time, because he's so fast. Although Swimmy appreciates his ability, he misses his friends. Swimmy then decides to show his small fish friends how to use teamwork to overcome the big fish. Extensions: teamwork, helping others in need
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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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