Book Review – Swimmy

by Leo Lionni (Jacana Media) ISBN: 9781431424504

Swimmy lives in the corner of the sea somewhere with his brothers and sisters. While they are all red in colour, he is as black as a mussel shell.

One day a huge tuna fish gobbles up all his siblings, leaving him to explore the depths of the ocean all by himself. He eventually happens upon more fish like his siblings but they are too scared to venture out, lest they be eaten by the tuna fish. Swimmy devises an ingenious way to get around without being eaten by the bigger fish – proving that teamwork trumps going at it alone.

Once again, Leo Lionni’s images captivate and enhance his story and give younger readers a great reference in terms of what team work involves.

Ashleigh Seton-Rogers

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