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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
I thought the book would be in better condition that it was. The top right-hand corner of the book looked like it has been chewed by an animal. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really nice. I can tell its a used book, but it was in good condition. I only wish I had the book jacket, but other than that I'm happy with the purchase.Published 24 days ago by Esther Kang
Such a cute book. The kiddo loved it. It was a quick fast paced read.
Easy to read, illustration that went right along with the text.
Leo Lionni's books have been a favorite for many years. Illustrations are unique and the message of the story is great.Published 3 months ago by Jeanette
The union makes us stronger. Leo leonni teaches a lesson on how to put our efforts together to defeat a bigger enemy. I recommend it to teachers and parents.Published 5 months ago by luz
Childhood Favorite! Recommend all homes with children own this story.
No bullies allowed!