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By Esther Ehrlich, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Simple, life-affirming book about relationships.

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age 3+

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age 3+

Little Fish Teaches Big Lesson

Swimmy shows the other fish how each can have a better life when they all work together. The lesson is taught simply and without preaching. Adults and children alike will love the watercolor illustrations in this Caldecott Honor book.

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SWIMMY succeeds in conveying an important moral lesson with a sense of grace. There's nothing heavy-handed here, just a simple tale about a humble little fish who is passionate about life. Kids learn about perseverance, cooperation, and the power of unity.

The watercolor prints are vivid, and the lyrical language has a wide appeal, lulling the youngest children, challenging new readers, and keeping older kids (and even adults) engaged. Creatures come alive through descriptions like that of a lobster "who walked about like a water-moving machine." Even the seaweed seems magical. This is a little picture book that feels as big as the sea. It may very well become one of your family's favorites.

Book Details

  • Author: Leo Lionni
  • Illustrator: Leo Lionni
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: April 12, 1973
  • Number of pages: 28
  • Last updated: September 1, 2015

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