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Swimmy by Leo Lionni
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Apr 13, 10

bookshelves: picture-books, diverse-populations

Genre: diverse populations

Number of Pages: 32

Grade Level or Age: 4-8 years

Theme: loss of family, survival

Summary:
Swimmy is a brave little fish who is not like the rest of his family. He is black, the rest of them are red. His family members can't swim very fast but he can out-swim any of them. One day, a big fish comes and eats his family, leaving him the sole survivor. Not knowing what else to do, Swimmy does what he does best...swims. On his journey, he encounters new, scary, and fantastic creatures. Finally, he discovers another school of fish just like his deceased family. Swimmy teaches them to swim together so they look like one really big fish instead of a bunch of very tiny fish. This great idea makes it possible for them to scare away big, scary fish.

Personal Response:
I like this book because it is a simple adventure that is accurately educational. While the students are hearing about Swimmy's adventures, they are also learning about the food chain and underwater creatures. The pictures in this book are also very unique in that they are sponge painted. The particular edition that I read has an activity on the front cover that shows you how to paint pictures similar to the ones in the book using potatoes to make sponges.

Classroom Use:
Talk about the meaning of family and how Swimmy found his family. Then, encourage the students to write in their journals about what family means to them.
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