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Jacques Cousteau was the world’s ambassador of the oceans. His popular TV series brought whales, otters, and dolphins right into people’s living rooms. Now, in this exciting picturebook biography, Dan Yaccarino introduces young readers to the man behind the snorkel.

From the first moment he got a glimpse of what lived under the ocean’s waves, Cousteau was hooked. And so he set sail aboard the Calypso to see the sea. He and his team of scientists invented diving equipment and waterproof cameras. They made films and televisions shows and wrote books so they could share what they learned. The oceans were a vast unexplored world, and Cousteau became our guide. And when he saw that pollution was taking its toll on the seas, Cousteau became our guide in how to protect the oceans as well.
Published: Random House Kids an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on May 8, 2012
ISBN: 9780375987557
List price: $7.99
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Dan Yaccarino's biography of Jacques Cousteau is simple to read and beautiful to look at. The illustrations capture the beauty that Cousteau observed in the ocean, using many layers to add depth. The biographical information provided about Cousteau is informative and easy to digest for younger readers. A great book for scientific research in the classroom and for teaching aspects of biographies.read more
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Retelling: It is hard to imagine a time when the ocean was an unexplored part of the world. This book shares the life of the man who brought ocean life to the surface of our knowledge for all to see.Thoughts and Feelings: I too love the ocean. It is like an alien planet. I also like to dream that impossible things are really quite possible.read more
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This is a true story about Jacques Cousteau. There is quotes form Cousteau himself in little bubbles on the page. It is very colorful with wonderful pictures.read more
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Dan Yaccarino's biography of Jacques Cousteau is simple to read and beautiful to look at. The illustrations capture the beauty that Cousteau observed in the ocean, using many layers to add depth. The biographical information provided about Cousteau is informative and easy to digest for younger readers. A great book for scientific research in the classroom and for teaching aspects of biographies.
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Retelling: It is hard to imagine a time when the ocean was an unexplored part of the world. This book shares the life of the man who brought ocean life to the surface of our knowledge for all to see.Thoughts and Feelings: I too love the ocean. It is like an alien planet. I also like to dream that impossible things are really quite possible.
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This is a true story about Jacques Cousteau. There is quotes form Cousteau himself in little bubbles on the page. It is very colorful with wonderful pictures.
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My Thoughts:The text of this book wowed me. I could not stop reading to see what would happen to Cousteau. I liked its simplicity and its clearness. I liked how accessible the text was, even for the youngest of readers.The illustrations were fun and cartoonish. I didn’t like the colors the Yaccarino used for the water at first, every color except ocean blue, I think, but the colors grew on me, and I grew to love them. I was very surprised how much the children liked this book and how much they were interested in this man’s life.The book also included a table of Cousteau’s life and sources for further study. A Sample:“The fish off the coast of Africa were friendly and curious and did not swim away. Cousteau was the first human being they had ever seen.”Children’s Comments:Alexis, 6, said, "I liked how he went down in the ocean."Vanessa, 6, said, "I liked how he made a camera all by himself."Jony, 6, said, "I liked how he saw the seahorse."Melanie, 6, said, "I liked when he went down in the ocean."Tabitha, 7, said, "I liked how he was on tv."Joey, 6, said, "I liked how he got sick and had to go under the water."Children’s Ratings: 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5
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Great artwork. Simple and graphic in nature with a French flavor. Great book for kids to learn more about the pioneer of underwater discovery. Also teaches kids about the rewards of persistence and determination in the face of adversity. I especially liked the ways in which he built/invented the tools he required to pursue his passions.
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Beautiful artwork and a lovely written biography of the great Jacques Yves Cousteau. A must have for any classroom or children's reading collection.I love the way the publisher promotes reading, with their Read to a Child for 20 minutes on the inside booksleeve.
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