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Swimmy | Leo Lionni
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When his school of fish is attacked by a big tuna, Swimmy goes out on his own and discovers the wonders of the sea, so when he finds a new school, he helps them find a way to venture out and stand up to to the bigger fish.
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AlexRobinson
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This beloved Caldecott Award winning book discusses friendship, bravery, overcoming worry and fear, ingenuity, and team work. A strategy that could go hand and hand with incorporating all these themes would be DR, as students get the opportunity to get up out of their seats and translate the words they are reading as a class through movement and expression.

AlexRobinson A resource to help explain the importance of DR in a classroom as well as some tips and tricks can be found here: https://www.ericdigests.org/2004-1/drama.htm. UDL connecting guidelines could be: 4.1, 5.2, and 8.3 (vary the methods for response and navigation, use multiple tools for construction and composition, and foster collaboration and community). 2y
AlexRobinson EL strategies to go along with this are: 4, 16, 17, 18, and 21 (link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge, integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities, provide contextual support through audio, visuals, models, demonstrations, realia, body language and facial expression, and record your lectures, presentations, or stories- especially for new students who have very limited exposure to English). 2y
AlexRobinson Students love this read, and making it interactive takes comprehension and fun that much deeper! #ucflae3414sp21 EDIT: (While reviewing my post a few days later I realized I missed stating this was a MF😊) (edited) 2y
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ToddSalerno I love the art style of the illustrations. And I remember learning about the author in AS presentations! 2y
AlexRobinson @ToddSalerno I couldn‘t agree MORE! As a young student who didn‘t love reading but loved art, I gravitated towards these books big time! 2y
PatriciaS I love this book 📖 great read aloud and to teach critical thinking skills for reading, we covered this in RED with Dr Williams 2y
AlexRobinson @PatriciaS I made that connection to Dr Williams class as well! 2y
DrSpalding This author is one of my favorites and has won numerous awards. We did learn about him during author studies and I am thrilled you and Patricia connected to the RED course! 2y
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Ericaj
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This RF. This book is great for RA for young students. This book has good illustrations. In the beginning, his family was eaten, but Swimmy discovers sea creatures throughout the book and makes new friends. This is Caldecott honor book. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/swimmy-discuss... This website provides good questions to ask students during read aloud.

Ericaj UDL principle 9.3 develop self-assessment and reflection. ESOL strategy #6 continually monitor students‘ comprehension. #UCFLAE3414SP21 2y
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Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger.

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Honor, this beloved tale of a brave little fish has been a favorite to generations of readers.

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BehindthePages When I worked with children, this was a favorite! 2y
OriginalCyn620 💙💙💙 2y
Eggs I 💙 Leonni ❣️ My kids and grands too 📚 @Letora @OriginalCyn620 (edited) 2y
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deiacovab
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Swimmy is a TL picture book about a little black fish named Swimmy who comes from a school of red fish. After a big tuna came and swallowed all of the red fish, Swimmy is alone in the big beautiful ocean, until he comes across another school of fish and teaches them a valuable lesson. Swimmy is a Caldecott Honor book and would be fun to use for S in the classroom. I chose UDL principle 8.3 about fostering collaboration and community sine that is..

deiacovab ..exactly what Swimmy does in the story. I also chose ESOL principle 24: Incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners in your curriculum. I found a Spanish version of this book and it would be interesting to compare with students key words in the English version to the Spanish version and allow EL students to work with other students on pronunciation. An example would be 'Nadarin' to 'Swimmy'. . #ucflae3414sp20 3y
deiacovab I found a resource that can be used for multiple Leo Lionni books https://images.randomhouse.com/promo_image/9780399555503_4216.pdf that discusses themes found in his books. This book is nearly 60 years old and still has one of the most beautiful illustrations I've seen in a children's book. 3y
DrSpalding Random House is one of my favorite resources in regards to publishers besides Scholastic. These publishing houses are very supportive of teachers utilizing quality literature with their children. Hard to believe this book was on the banned book list! 3y
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DrSpalding Yes...to having copies of these books in other languages!❤️📚 3y
deiacovab @DrSpalding Swimmy was banned? I had no idea! 3y
DrSpalding Yes....look it up for why! 3y
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GroeningsC
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni, is a Caldecott Award winning F PB. This story is about a little fish who overcomes his fear of the great big ocean, and shows his friends how they can overcome their fears as well. This book would make for a great S or RA. An activity for further discussion can be found here: https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/swimmy-literature-guide

GroeningsC UDL: 3.1, by activating what they know with questions before the read aloud.
ESOL: 5, some vocabulary will need to be reviewed, such as what a “school“ of fish is.
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DrSpalding This is a fantasy picture book that has been on the band book list! It is an award winner and the illustrations are beautiful! Use this as a part of an author study. His work is stellar and children should hear these stories. 3y
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karlasanabria1
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni is a Caldecott winning F picture book that teaches students the importance of wonder, exploration, teamwork, and perseverance. A must have to both inspire and entertain your elementary aged students. Performing a RA with this book will make for a memorable lesson your students will love. #UCFLAE3414F19

karlasanabria1 This link provides excellent teacher resources https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/swimmy. The UDL Guideline I‘d attach to this story is maximizing transfer and generalization (3.4). While the ESOL Strategy would be structuring advance organizers consisting for new terminology that learners will encounter in the new lesson vocabulary to be reviewed (23). 3y
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Clairedannemiller
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“Let‘s go and swim and play and SEE things!”

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Clairedannemiller
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This book would be good for kindergarteners and 1st grade. Its a simple for the students to understand and start to read with. Highly recommend this book for young students.

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Clairedannemiller
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This book is traditional literature. I really liked this book and think it‘s a great story for kids. Stories about fish are great because the pictures are always eye catching. The plot is very simple and easy for students to follow along.

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jessicabaksh
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With the bravery of a great white shark, this little black fish shares his bravery with his fellow little red fish and helps them overcome their fear of being eaten. This was such a cute book to read. Swing is a F Caldecott Medal picture book that will leave you with the message that you can overcome anything you put your mind to. Perfect for a RA to the younger influential crowd. #lae3414sp19

jessicabaksh UDL principle 8.3 (foster collaboration and community) supports this book well because of how the little fish brings his buddies together to overcome their fear 4y
jessicabaksh ESOL strategy 1 (teach questioning for clarification) can be integrated with this book. Allowing your esol students a chance to ask questions can help them understand the language and material better and this is a good book to practice that with 4y
jessicabaksh I love how this website offers a before, during, and after reading strategies as well as activities that go along with the book: https://www.learningtogive.org/resources/swimmy-literature-guide 4y
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hkeiger I can see why it won the Caldecott Award! The cover is beautiful. This book looks like it has a great message. Your UDL principle seems to hit it spot on! 4y
alexandracarpenter This book seems so cute (and the artwork looks amazing). I loved the ESOL strategy you chose. 4y
DrSpalding Learning to give is a wonderful resource. You are right that 8.3 works beautifully with this particular story. 4y
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marypeyton
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“We are going to swim all together.”

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marypeyton
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The illustrations show the differences in each creature, especially the main character.

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marypeyton
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Swimmy is a Caldecott book written by Leo Lionni. The main character is a unique fish. Swimmy gives a good message because it is about a fish who is very different but very special in his own way. I would read this book because it is a good story and it gives very detailed descriptions of things and it is a positive message to individuals.

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kateschaeffer
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published 1963. This books illustrations are nothing like I have very seen before! This author made his illustrations from stamps. He took his sponges and cut them to the shape he likes and and dip them in paint and put them on the page. There is also a great message behind this book of working together and never giving up!

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BrittanyLewis
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“He swam away in the deep wet world. He was scared, lonely, and very sad.”

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I love how he used his unique quality to help others

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BrittanyLewis
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This book is about a little black fish named swimmy. He lived with a lot of red fish until they were eaten by a tuna fish. He had the courage to travel the sea until he met another group of red fish. He helps them find the courage to face their fear and disguise themselves as an even bigger fish. He found his home again and help them take back theirs as well.

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BookishShelly
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I came across this lovely picture book this weekend. My son likes it and I really do too. #raisingreaders #kidlit #picturebooks

AmyG I remember reading this to my kids. 4y
Julsmarshall One of my favorites as a kid! And a parent! 4y
Peddler410 I remember reading this as a kid! 4y
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RossoS
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This F Caldecott Honor Book, ALA Notable Children‘s Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book by beloved Leo Leonni, would be great for an AS. This book follows the adventure of a little black fish named Swimmy, who overcomes all fears and danger, and shows his friends how when you work together you can overcome anything.

RossoS This website http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/building-matrix-l... takes you to an AS lesson that explores four books by Leo Leonni, including Swimmy. I found this resource to be very helpful. It guides you through each book and provides you with discussion ideas focusing on literary elements, comparing characters and plot. 4y
RossoS Also, as part of this lesson, the students create and organize information on a large matrix, which they use to compare details of two or more stories at a time. On the final day, students will be choosing two books to compare using a Venn diagram. Moreover, by completing an AS with this wonderful book, you could meet ESOL strategy 45- use Venn diagrams to contrast and compare activities, in this case, students will be using the Venn diagram to 4y
RossoS compare and contrast the details of two books after been read and discussed in class. Also, the UDL guideline 7.2- optimize individual choice and autonomy could be met since students will be provided with the opportunity to choose the two books they would like to compare and contrast at the end of the AS. #UCFLAE3414SuB18 4y
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DrSpalding Excellent and detailed. ❤️📚 4y
Thayes1787 I love the activity of them being able to compare and contrast the books that were read aloud in class! I love the book Swimmy and I love all the colors in it. Great post :) 4y
GGallegos This seems like such a sweet story! I like how your resource goes through the different books with different ideas for each. Lots of knowledge in one place! 4y
RossoS @GGallegos I‘m glad you liked the resource. I also found it very helpful😃 4y
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ERodriguez
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni a Caldecott Award Winning F book.A story about a little black fish in a school of red fish.He gets scared but he meets new friends.The fish confront danger of a big fish, they join together and form a big red fish , Swimmy was the eye. They came together and scared the big fish away .Great book to teach diversity and build class community. Teaching strategy will be DR and after students will create a fish, any size or color.

ERodriguez EL4.Link lesson topic to student‘s prior knowledge.UDL 5.3.Build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance. 4y
ERodriguez FYI , In the picture are books I purchased today at goodwill.Excited about Swimmy , there was 3 copies. Building my library ❤️ #UCFLAE3414SuB18 (edited) 4y
DrSpalding You made some excellent purchases at Goodwill! Proud of you for beginning the process. 4y
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Thayes1787
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This captivating F and Caldecott award winning (1964) book Swimmy would be great for AS / RA in a classroom! In the story there is a school of fish that gave danger, and Swimmy soon learns the importance of team work to survive. This book is filled with amazing pictures and detail as the setting takes place. Swimmy is a great book for a classroom discussion on why the author may of chose the technique he did to illustrate pictures.

Thayes1787 Discussing this will help students observe the details closer.
This link will take you to an activity to do with the students so they can achieve the look similar to the fabulous illustrations by Leo Lionni. Http://www.paper-and-glue.com/2016/02/swimmy-stamp-painting-Leo-lionni.html
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Thayes1787 EL strategy #30 would be great for this book because it allows students to use drawings to identify concepts and seeing relationships. UDL principles 3.2 & 5.2 will be helpful for this book activity and lesson because it concentrates on highlighting patterns as well as using tools for construction. #UCFLAE3414Sub18 #ClassroomLibrary 4y
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SadiqaH
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Swimmy is a Caldecott Honor fiction book by Leo Lionini. Great book for storytelling. The theme of this book is inclusion. This is shown in the book when a group of little fish swim together as to chase a big fish away. Great RA book for B,D,A reading strategies. Activities relating to this book are on http://mermaidtheatre.ca/PDF/swimmy/Swimmy-ResourceGuide.pdf. The UDL principle 3.1&3.3 strategies4&14 will work well. #ucfLae3414sp18

Hervela.L This book seem very interesting and I like the pdf a lot. It has fun facts, activities etc. (edited) 5y
DrSpalding Believe it or not, this book was on the banned book list. They believed it promoted communism. Nice resource. Please elaborate on your UDL and EL connections to the teaching strategy you wisely selected. (edited) 5y
SadiqaH The UDL principle 3.1 will activate their back ground knowledge as they discuss in groups what they know about sea and different sea animals. 3.3 will help them to understand what the big idea is how unity and inclusion helps to achieve big goals. (edited) 5y
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alanacristin
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Throwback to babe's first book party of the new year while we were in Okinawa. We went up to the rooftop bar for the view and free guava juice, and the sweet staff brought him over a couple more books when they saw him happily reading 💘 #babyreads #booksatthebeach #booksforbreakfast #japan

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Sabrinac
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni is an adorable and encouraging book for elementary ages students to read. Swimmy is a brave little fish that will teach students the true power of teamwork. Swimmy and his friends work together to chase the big fish in the sea away and they are no longer scared now that they know they have each other. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and I absolutely love the lesson in this short story. #UCFLAE3414L17

Sabrinac http://littleowlsteachertreats.blogspot.com/2017/09/new-year-new-school-new-free.... This link will take you to where I found my lesson plan. I love this lesson plan because, I can introduce this book in the beginning of the year and have my students write down classroom rules and how they should respect each other. 5y
Sabrinac Swimmy by Leo Lionni is a Caldecott Award Winner! 5y
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Sabrinac The ESOL strategy I will use will be number 19, Establish predictable classroom routines through the use of an outline on the board or bulleting board. I will use this because, I can display the fish decorations with the classroom rules each student comes up with. I will display them all over the classroom to remind the children of the rules they established! 5y
Sabrinac The UDL strategy I will use will be number 6.2, Support planning and strategy development. I will use this strategy because, I will help my students plan how they will construct their fishes and I will then help them decided which rules they want to put on their fishes and why. 5y
Jaquessial This is so cute for students to know that being different is okay. 5y
Sabrinac @Jaquessial I completely agree! 5y
Sabrinac We can read this book aloud together (RA). 5y
SavannahP0930 So cute! I think this would be a great book to share when dealing with bullies or friendship. 5y
amandagrant Such a sweet book with charming illustrations. great choice! 5y
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ChelseaPerez
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Swimmy, by Leo Lionni tells the story of Swimmy, the only black fish in his family of red fish. One day, a tuna fish came by and ate all the red fish with only Swimmy to escape. Swimmy was sad, scared, and and lonely as he searched the sea. The sights of the ocean like the medusa made of rainbow jelly, the lobster that walked about like a water moving machine, and a forest of seaweeds growing from sugar candy rocks, made Swimmy happy again.

ChelseaPerez He finally came across a school of little red fish just like his own. He wanted to share the amazing ocean with them, but they were too afraid of the big fish who could eat them. However, Swimmy had to find away. He taught the fish to swim together to make an even bigger fish to scare the big fish away. Swimmy was the black eye and with his new friends they chased the big fish far away. 5y
ChelseaPerez This Caldecott winner can be used with many teaching strategies such as Storytelling, Read Alouds, and Guided Reading.

Here is a link for a discussion guide from Scholastic to use as an extension of your choice of teaching strategy!
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/swimmy-discuss...
UDL 3.3 Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation-“Chunk” information into smaller elements
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ChelseaPerez EL Language Arts - 3. Utilize the dialogue journal technique in which the student regularly communicates with the teacher. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
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MakenzieT
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Swimmy is a wonderful F book that was written and illustrated by Leo Lionni. It won a Caldecott award and would be perfect in the classroom for S or RA. I found an excellent discussion guide for the book at https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/swimmy-discuss...
EL-6 Continually monitor students' comprehension
UDL-2.4 Promote understanding across languages
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DrSpalding This particular author's work is usually considered TL. Swimmy is a fable. A story that teaches a lesson. Scholastic is an excellent resource. 5y
elifkelly Swimmy is such a great book, I love seeing all of Leo Lionni‘s illustrations they‘re eye-catching. Great choice! 5y
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EveAstrouck
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni, a Caldecott Honor and A New York Times Best Illustrated Children‘s, is a F PB that would be a great RA, AS, and S. The PB is about Swimmy a fish who learns from his past experiences and uses that knowledge in the future! ESOL: 2. Promote cooperation (small groups). UDL: 8.3 foster collaboration and community.
http://mermaidtheatre.ca/PDF/swimmy/Swimmy-ResourceGuide.pdf

DrSpalding What a detailed resource! Technically these books are animal fables which would fall under what genre? 5y
ChristinB What a great resource! I️ am going to save these for when I become a teacher! Thank you so much 5y
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Aimeejett
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni is a great MF RA, S, and SE Caldecott award winning book that would be an excellent selection for your classroom library. A little black fish is stuck in a school of red fish that have all been eaten by a large tuna. Swimmy, being the only black fish finds himself alone and frightened, but eventually he meets many new friends in the ocean. But then he learns their is also still danger, a big fish that eats other creatures.

Aimeejett Helping the fish work together, Swimmy uses his uniqueness and comes up with a way to protect them from being eaten by the big fish. Swimmy shows his friends how with ingenuity and teamwork, they can overcome danger. This shows students to be brave and that there is always a way around danger. The UDL principle 3.2 highlight big patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships along with EL 6 continually monitor students' comprehension. 5y
Aimeejett Both of these could be met for this picture book. It is important for the students to see the big ideas and relationships to the black and red fish throughout this book. This website http://wxxi.org/education/rtl/activities/Swimmy.pdf will allow the students to make their own school of fish of their choice. #ucflae3414f17 5y
DrSpalding Your resource encourages integrating the arts along with quality children's literature. Many children in your classroom need these types of activities. They will motivate and engage your students and foster a love of reading. 5y
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readinginthedark
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A few #ocean books from my son's library stack. Swimmy was his favorite, where the little fish learned from his past and helped his new friends stay alive in the dangerous ocean. Amos & Boris also works for #besties . It's the classic lion and mouse parable, except the whale and rat don't start as mortal enemies, and the setting is different. My son bailed on Animal Journeys, which surprised me since he loves animals. #sizzlinsummerbooks

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BrielleR
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Realistic fiction. Sweet story about a fish who is different from the rest of his school. Wonderful illustrations. Caldecott honor metal award winner. On the banned book list. For more information on books by Leo Lionni: http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/leo-lionni/
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DrSpalding 🥇 medal winner. We shared this one in class. 6y
Rachelgoff I've never heard of this book until you mentioned it in class a couple of weeks ago, I can't believe it was on the ban list! I definitely need to read this, great post. 6y
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It's #FunFridayPhoto time: This is a book I absolutely loved as a child. It's the story of a fish who feels left out because he is a different colour from all the others. But in the end, his uniqueness helps them all to defeat a great enemy.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this book!! 6y
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