Swimmy

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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.

A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way...

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Overview

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.

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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Swimmy is a happy black fish who lives in a school of red fish until a big tuna eats all of his brothers and sisters. Lonely and sad, Swimmy searches the sea and finally finds another school of red fish. These fish are too frightened to swim in the ocean, so Swimmy comes up with a plan: all the red fish swim close together in the shape of one giant fish, and black Swimmy is the eye!
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
After a big tuna fish gulps up a school of Swimmy's friends, the small black fish journeys through the ocean and comes face-to-face with many marvelous creatures. When he meets up with a school of frightened fish, Swimmy uses his creativity to show them how to swim together as a group and outsmart the other big fish in the sea.
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“An exquisite picture book.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Each of his [Lionni’s] books is self-consistent, a world unto itself. . . . Here is Swimmy: a tiny, insignificant fish in the vast and wide ocean who is ingenious enough to fend off the big, bad bully.” —Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394826202
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1973
  • Series: Children's Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 36,615
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2007

    Teamwork is always a plus.

    ¿From time to time, from the endless flow of our mental imagery, there emerges unexpectedly something that, vague though it may be, seems to carry the promise of a form, a meaning, and, more important, an irresistible poetic charge¿ says Leo Lionni. Leo has written and illustrated more than forty children¿s books. He is a four time Caldecott winner of Inch by Inch, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Swimmy, and Frederick. In 1984, he received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Metal. Swimmy won the Caldecott Award in 1987. The reading level of the book is second grade, eighth month. Swimmy is a little black fish that swims very fast, and swims with a school of red fish. One day a tuna fish came along and ate some of the red fish. The rest of the school of red fish, all except Swimmy, hid in the rocks and weeds. Swimmy then came up with an idea. What was the idea? Would it help the school of fish survive? Read the rest of the story to find out the ending. The story shares with the audience that it is better to work together than to work alone. In the book, it says ¿He taught them to swim close together, each in his own place, and when they had learned to swim like one giant fish, he said, `I¿ll be the eye.¿¿ This book provides a great lesson for the reader that cooperation is better to help accomplish things. I would suggest that people take the time to read the book because it is a cute book and is easy to read. Lionni, Leo. Swimmy. New York: Pantheon, 1968.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    My Kids best friend, "Swimmy"!!

    It shows you different ways of painting which give kids creativity.The story is very touching and educational. My kids ask me to read the book every night. My family love "Swimmy"!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Hit with the grandson!

    I purchased this book for our grandson for Christmas. He is two and loves fish so what better book to read to him at bedtime than SWIMMY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    charming book on thinking skills and working together

    I think this book gives a super lesson on how important it is to think for yourself and how to work together for a very imoprtant life lesson. Thinking skills do not always come easy to some children, and in a whimscal way, the auther really uses these skills as a survival tool when everyone cooperates together.
    My granddaughters loved this story. I used it as storytime for our tea party. I needed a story with a sea theme and a life lesson. This was the perfect one. Truely a book your child would want to read over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    My Favorite Children's Book

    Swimmy is a truly wonderful book. I still, specifically, remember this book being read to me 30+ years ago and I now give it as a gift to anyone who has a baby. It has lovely illustrations, but what I love best about the book is the positive messages: Not to take council of your fears, the strength of collective action and that it is ok, great even, to be different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2007

    The difference is in the mentality, not the color!

    This is a great book for teaching children that just because someone, or an animal, looks different that they or it is worthy of ridicule. They're not! Just like the rabbit in vol.1 of Skog Forest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    Great!

    This book is outstanding. Great happy ending that kids really like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2000

    I like it very very much!

    I liked how Swimmy got away.

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