Swimmy

By Leo Lionni
Published by Random House, 1963
Swimmy is a fish. Unlike the rest of his family, he was born black instead of red. He is also faster than the rest of his family. When he outraces the big fish that captures his family, he is left to his own devices. When he comes across another group of fish just like his family, he helps them come up with a way to outsmart the large predator.
This book is a subtle book about diversity, and also about teamwork. Great for younger children, but also applicable in a middle school classroom when discussing themed books.

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