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Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Swimmy (1963)

by Leo Lionni

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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 |
Swimming is a wonderful and colorful book to share with young children. It is also appropriate for children who are learning to read in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Winner of the Caldecott award, Swimming gives students an insight into the fascinating ocean world. The beautiful illustrations allow young children the opportunity to understand how fish cooperate with one another. The story shows us the many reasons fish need to stay in groups in order to survive in the ocean. I enjoyed that this story had an almost "black sheep" mentality for the one fish that was different from the rest. It incorporated the ideas that not one fish is the same and that their differences help them survive. By working together these fish are able to travel safely and scare away other large fish that may harm them. Although the story is simple and the illustration elaborate, Swimming is a story with many different interpretations that make it a beautiful story for children. ( )
  kabdo1 | Mar 23, 2015 |
Go Swimmy! This is a story about working and solving problems as a team. ( )
  EliseMT | Mar 13, 2015 |
This author does a wonderful job displaying the sea life, with his colorful and unique illustration. As well, the descriptive and imaginative text allow the reader to visualize images in greater context. This book can demonstrate to students that everyone in a community or classroom is important and can contribute in many ways; they just have to think outside the box.
  Gamino | Feb 12, 2015 |
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Book Summary: Swimmy is a black fish, he lives with a group of red fish. One day a big fish comes by and eats all the red fish. So Swimmy ventures out and sees all the other kinds of fish in the sea. One day he comes to a group of red fish just like his own, hiding. He tells them that they should travel around and see what’s around them. They tell him they are scared. So he teaches them to swim together they look like a big fish, with Swimmy as the eye. They scare away all the big fish and they get to explore the sea.

Personal Reaction: This is a really cute book. I think it really promotes working together.

Extension Activities:
1. Write stories about adventures the group of fish might have acting like one big fish.
2. Use tissue paper and paint to blot paint like in the book.
  LindseyJohnson | Feb 8, 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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