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Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Swimmy (1963)

by Leo Lionni

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Leo Lionni presents a dark yet adorable little story about a fish named Swimmy who does not fit in with his family because they are all red and he is the only one that is black. After a tragic accident where Swimmy’s family is eaten by a large tuna, he is left on his own only to find a new family he can protect with his differences. He teaches the red fish to work together to form a massive fish shape and Swimmy is the eye because he is black. This scares off the tuna leaving Swimmy a hero. This book teachers children to be proud of their differences and despite these differences, to work together. I love this book because it starts off with a sad and lonely mood, and closes with a sweet and cheerful ending. The theme of this story is about working together despite the differences; Swimmy saved everyone by promoting teamwork. I approve of this book because it is adorably innocent, teaches an important lesson about teamwork and inspires diversity! ( )
  EllieCoe | Sep 21, 2015 |
A beautiful story of a fish who was unlike any other, and who used it for his advantage to bring his family together again. Delightful read. The art was also outstanding. ( )
  gracelovera | Sep 8, 2015 |
While reading Swimmy, I found points I liked and did not like. I liked the descriptive writing, and I did not like the illustration that was used to represent the story.
The author used great descriptive writing that helped the storyline. For example, “ A forest of seaweeds growing from sugar- candy rocks..”, and “ lobster, who walked about like a water- moving machine..”. I thought the descriptions brought the objects to life.
However, the pictures I had in mind from the descriptions did not match the illustration on the pages. The pictures did not emphasize the idea that the seaweed was to look like rock candy. The illustration also made it hard to read the story. On some pages the text was written on top of the painted designs, which made it hard to read because the colors were dark and the text was thin and black.
The lesson that I took away from this book was it is not always bad to stand out from the rest of the crowd. Swimmy was different then the rest of the fish in his pack, which helped save his life and helped him become a leader in the new pack of fish. ( )
  Abrusci141 | Sep 8, 2015 |
Swimmy, the main protagonist of this story, is the only black fish among his school of red, and is the fastest. His journey is one of difficulty, and loss is one of the driving themes of the story. After losing his school to a big tuna, Swimmy experiences pages of loneliness, and unbearable sadness, but it is when he lifts his eyes from the sea floor, that the healing begins. He is awed by the beauty of the sea, and it brightens his day to witness all the random, colorful creatures. When he encounters another school of fish, he finds that fear has kept them in the reef, and using ingenuity, he devises a genius plan, to keep them from the mouth of the big tuna. ( )
  candyceutter | Sep 6, 2015 |
I really enjoyed Swimmy by Leo Lionni for numerous reasons. Firstly, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful; the detail on each page really captures the reader’s attention. Each illustration is painted with different pastel colors in the background. On the first page, there are so many sponge red fish, that the reader has to really search for Swimmy, whom is the only black fish. The illustrations enhance the text to guide the reader’s comprehension of the story. Every picture is so detailed that the audience has to pay attention. I also thought the writer’s use of extra textual features reiterate key words in specific sentences. For instance, Swimmy says, “ Let’s go an swim and play and SEE things!” and “ We must THINK of something.” Capitalizing the words see and think compels the reader to understand the significance of seeing and thinking to help problem solve. This story expresses the idea of differences and how the one trait that makes you different can complement a group. Every one should contribute when working in a group because you don’t know what other people have to say. I really enjoyed the message and illustrations of this book, and would definitely read it again. ( )
  ShakelaWilliams | Mar 24, 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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