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Swimmy Hardcover – March 12, 1963
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“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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Of all these, Swimmy is probably the one with the most immediate appeal to small children. The idea of little fish banding together to scare off the big bully fish is really empowering to small children. And the illustrations are delightful.
As a writer and former English teacher, I also love Lionni's simple poetic language. You have to love a writer who writes about "an eel whose tail was almost too far away to remember" and describes sea anemones as "pink palm trees swaying in the wind." Hearing such beautiful and evocative language from an early age can't help but make children better readers and writers later on.
If I could, I'd send every baby home from the hospital with one of Rosemary Wells' Max books and this book. It belongs in every library.
For any kid that loved "Finding Nemo", I think this book would be an excellent companion. The lesson is twofold. One is that when people band together they can fight the unnaturally large problems facing them. Another is that being different, like Swimmy, can be a wonderful thing. I'm sure you're going to read reviews from people decrying this book as Communist propaganda (after all, it's a bunch of red fish finding strength in numbers to defeat the more powerful members of society that were previously eating them), and that's fine. It could definitely be read that way, and there's nothing wrong with that. But for those of you who feel that the book was probably meant to be read as a story for children and that's that, you're undoubtedly more correct.
Leo Lionni is a magnificent artist, by the way. No one draws jellyfish with as much light and airy oomph as he does. The sea's wonders are all alight here, with little black Swimmy eyeing each and every one.Read more ›
Note to teachers: I use this during my ocean unit in kindergarten. We then make an ocean mural. Every child makes a red fish and I make a black fish, which is Swimmy. We then work together to make all of our fish look like one big fish. The children love it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once again, Lionni gives a simple message with heavy meaning--but really only as heavy as you want it to be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lilly Lover
SWIMMY is 'A Must Have ' book for your little ones to read. It is a progressive kids book Classic (along with :" Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type" by Doreen Cronin). Read morePublished 1 month ago by sFw
Great quality for the price. Story and lesson are priceless. It applies at every stage in life. Beautiful and dimple illustrations.Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Forkel
This was one of my childhood favorites, and Swimmy still does not disappoint. My daughter loves animal books and this one is a perfect one to add to our collection.Published 2 months ago by shellen2
I loved the colorful collage illustrations, as well as the story.Published 3 months ago by Audree D Pospisil