Swimmy

Swimmy

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by Leo Lionni
     
 

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Two best friends, a minnow and a tadpole, are practically inseparable until the tadpole grows legs and decides to explore the world beyond the pond. When the tadpole, now a frog, returns to tell his friend of the extraordinary things he’s seen, the minnow, now a fish, tries to follow in his footsteps, but quickly finds that land is not what he expected.

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Two best friends, a minnow and a tadpole, are practically inseparable until the tadpole grows legs and decides to explore the world beyond the pond. When the tadpole, now a frog, returns to tell his friend of the extraordinary things he’s seen, the minnow, now a fish, tries to follow in his footsteps, but quickly finds that land is not what he expected. Friendship truly saves the day in this imaginative tale of a fish out of water.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
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.
From the Publisher
“With his accustomed subtle interplay of graphic wit, clear language, and plain thinking, Lionni wisely proves that a minnow’s grasp should not exceed his oxygen supply.” —The New York Times

"A superior book, simple, but eye-catching." —School Library Journal.

“If the picture book is a new visual art form in our time, Leo Lionni is certain to be judged a master of the genre.” —The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394817132
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/1963
Series:
Knopf Children's Paperbacks Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
68,403
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

LEO LIONNI wrote and illustrated more than forty picture books in his lifetime, including four Caldecott Honor Books—Inch by Inch, Swimmy, Frederick, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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Swimmy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿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.
3Rmom More than 1 year ago
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"!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked how Swimmy got away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding. Great happy ending that kids really like.