• Title: Swimmy
  • Author: Leo Lionni
  • Illustrator: Leo Lionni
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Publication year: 1963
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic
  • -“Deep in the sea lives a happy school of 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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This would be a great book to use to teach children the importance of teamwork and additionally, for using creative ways to problem solve. I think this book could be used for young children upwards to 1st grade.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –The illustrations in this book do a great job of marrying the text. Additionally, there is a lot of color, and because of the sort of watercolor lines and blotches, gives the illusion of movement for our little fish protagonist. One of my favorite illustrations is of the seaweed forest rising before our protagonist.

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