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Swimmy

"Gorgeous adventure that celebrates the imagination and the power of teamwork"

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A real picturebook classic, this edition of Swimmy marks its 60th anniversary and it’s just as fresh, relevant and eye-catching as when first published.

Swimmy is a small, black fish living happily amongst a shoal of red ones until his red companions are all eaten by a larger fish. Sad and lonely, Swimmy swims on, discovering beauties of the ocean in the process: a forest of seaweeds growing from ‘sugar-candy rocks’; sea anemones like ‘pink palm trees swaying in the wind’; a lobster walking like ‘a wave-making machine’.

The glorious language is matched by the inventiveness of his artwork which, as Eric Carle says in his special introduction, is both childlike and sophisticated. The story concludes with Swimmy finding a new shoal to join, and by now he’s worked out a way for them to be safe from the bigger fish too. The story celebrates the power of teamwork but the overwhelming impression is the beauty of the sea and the power of the imagination.

Andrea Reece

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