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Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau Hardcover – April 23, 2008
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The writing is terrific. The facts are clear, the anecdotes are kid-friendly, and there are plenty of wonderful word choices. Here are just a couple of my favorite bits:
"At that moment Jacques knew his life was changed forever. His eyes had been opened to the wonders of the sea."
"Jacques, Philippe, and Did gathered a crew, their aqualungs, their hopes, and their dreams, and set off to explore the inside of the sea..."
"...with eyes on long stalks, buried so deep in the sand they looked like a garden of eyes."
And the terrific ending, speaking directly to kids: "Jacques dreamed that someday it would be you, exploring worlds never seen....Worlds that are now yours. To discover. To care for. And to love."
The art by Eric Puybaret is fabulous, too.
My only nitpick is that I would have liked a bit more backmatter. But a stellar book!
Berne's chronicles of Cousteau's journeys, his ambition and his deep passion for life are inspirational to young and older readers alike. The sea is bigger than life, and so is this book's message: dream big and follow those dreams. Cousteau gives us all a little hope that perhaps changing the world isn't really all that hard.
I recommend getting this book for anyone in your life who loves and respects the sea and its life - or anyone who appreciate life at all. The illustrations and the poetic tale are unforgettable.
I really enjoyed this story. I thought the narrative did a good job of keeping the flow of the story, even though it skips several years in Cousteau's life to go from main point to main point.
I thought it was nice to include information about Cousteau's inventions (I hadn't realized he'd invented the Auqalung!?) as well as his friends and diving partners.
I thought the feel of the illustrations fit the text really well. Sometimes the images felt a tad off, like they belonged with the next page or something, but this is very picky and didn't really distract from the story.
I can only imagine what it must have been like to be one of the first (or the first) person to lay eyes on the world deep under the waves. To be the first to see so many incredible creatures, and to make all those discoveries. How exciting it must have been!
When he grew up he joined the French Navy and began to see some of the oceanic wonders of the world. This was a world that he would one day capture on film and make him famous, but first he had to figure out how to be able to go beneath the surface of the water for extended periods of time. It was then he invented the aqualung. Later he acquired the Calypso, an old warship and outfitted it for his purpose. Underneath the seas he began to see how people were destroying their environment. What do you suppose he did with that camera and the Calypso? Perhaps you already know the end of this story!
Each page in this book is fully encompassed in the atmosphere of the sea with full color illustrations and a complimentary, enthusiastic story. One pull out page almost makes the reader feel as if he is going into the depths of the ocean along with Cousteau and crew. Manfish brings the world of oceanography and environmental concerns, his passions, into the light once again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 6 year old, an aspiring ocean explorer, fell in love with the story of Jaques Cousteau. Manfish is well written and relatable, with beautiful illustrations.Published 17 days ago by amama
The book is beautifully written and illustrated. My daughter was enthralled! I love the fact that the book provides resources and information so that you can take action and care... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erin Wood
This story along with the fun illustrations was captivating to my toddler after a trip to the natural history museum and aquarium in which he saw real scuba divers getting into the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather
My four-year-old became obsessed with Jaques Cousteau after hearing the Frances England song and this book is a lovely addition to our library and Cousteau collection.Published 3 months ago by LisaC
Review not for the book - it's very beautifully illustrated and well-written - but for the condition of the book, as shipped by Amazon LLC. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robey
Biased reviewer who loves Cousteau. This book did not disappoint! LOVED the illustrations!
Well done and my son loves this book as well.
My children are 7 and 5 and they were fascinated by the story. They love non-fiction and biographies about real people. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Luts
5 stars easy. Art is cool. Story is cool. Good pace and fun. My 2 year old & 4 year old both enjoy. Plus the ocean message is there. I'd buy this if I were you.Published 9 months ago by B.Lane