I read Swim! Swim! at Cover to Cover earlier this summer. I was drawn to the animation-like pictures, the many comic-like panels on the pages and the voice of this determined fish (who tells the story completely in word bubbles...I was thinking great text to show in writing workshop) named Lurch. Lurch is in search of a friend. He is not afraid to ask anyone or anything in his bowl if they will be his friend. With no luck, he declares, "It's official. No one loves me." Then, a super surprising ending and help from a cat turns his loneliness into love!
I think Swim! Swim! will be a great book to read aloud the first week of school when kids are forming new friendships and feeling a little alone. It will be a simple text and message to share with young kids about the importance of helping each other.