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When all his brothers and sisters have been swallowed by a hungry tuna, Swimmy, the only black fish of the entire school, is left alone in dangerous waters. He decides to explore the unknown depths of the ocean until at last he devises for himself and his newly adopted brothers and sisters a safer way to live in this world.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1987, c1968.
ISBN: 9780394917139
Branch Call Number: E LIO
Characteristics: [32] p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 17549.
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 1 Quiz: 11155 Guided reading level: L.
Call Number: E LIO


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Swimmy is the black fish in a school of red. His unique point of view helps lead the others out of hiding. Message: The importance of having diverse leaders

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Sep 18, 2018

Great images and good story themes of creativity, teamwork and courage.

Nov 11, 2017

What a great story about courage and clever thinking, and not being afraid to lead! Plus the illustrations are amazing!

JCLBeckyC Mar 30, 2017

Swimmy is a smart fish who bravely faces life's challenges. Good role model for independent thinkers. Good example of our 6 by 6 skill "Talk, Talk, Talk." Children hear more new words when you read books – about three times more than in normal conversation. When you come to words your child isn’t familiar with, don’t substitute with an easier word. Practice saying "sea anemone" with your little ones, but get ready for giggles galore.

Sep 28, 2016

Lovely story and moral.
Pictures and textures for the illustrations make it even more stand out.
Definantly worth reading to children.

CATLIN Feb 24, 2016

Wonderful story! Love the illustrations. Great for story time. Add a collage or finger painting craft for extra fun as winter comes to a close. Or maybe some nice ocean or beach books.

BklynAndreaJ Sep 30, 2014

A beautiful, mesmerizing read-aloud for storytime. This book will settle down a roomful of kids, from preschool age to fourth graders. With older kids, point out the delicate watercolors and pair it with a painting activity.


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yellow_giraffe_507 Jun 19, 2014

yellow_giraffe_507 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 6


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waywardangel Jan 04, 2016

"Recently I was asked whose picture books I could not live without. Guess my answer? You are right" - Eric Carle


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