Jacques Cousteau

I LOVE the water! I love swimming in it and splashing in it and diving in it. Ocean, lake, river, swimming pool. Water is glorious!!

My Mom Person loves the water as well. When she was a little girl – and even a big girl – she worshiped a French man named Jacques Cousteau. She watched him on TV, she saw him in the movies, she read all his books.

We recently found, at our library!, a picture book biography of Mr Cousteau. The Mom Person was very excited!

IMG_1380The Fantastic Undersea Life of
by Dan Yaccarino
published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2009

This is a non-fiction book suitable for 1st grade and up

Themes – Jacques Cousteau, oceans, sea life, conservation

It begins –
Jacques Cousteau loved the sea.
He spent his whole life exploring it.
The ocean was the most incredible
place he’d ever seen, and he wanted
to share its beauty with the world.

This book is a great introduction to the life of Mr Cousteau. Mr Yaccarino’s illustrations have the feel of the ocean about them. In 32 pages, he manages to present a life lived large. We learned about the trials Mr Cousteau overcame as a young man. We learned about his creative genius, about his aquatic inventions that enabled him and his followers to explore the depths of the ocean.Β  And we learned about his passion for the sea and all the creatures in the sea. I could feel his passion as we read the book. The book offers up quotations from Mr Cousteau interspersed with the text and the lovely pictures.

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”

IMG_1383Mr. Cousteau did enjoy a most extraordinary life and he did share that life generously. And now a new generation of youngsters can dream about swimming the ocean depths. I only wish that he had thought to invent a diving suit for a dog!

This book would fit in nicely with a unit on oceans or conservation. If you live close to a body of water it would be a fun field trip to go and study what you can see at the water’s edge. I know in my river there are always tiny fish and strange bugs and frogs and sometimes turtles. You might want to watch one of Mr Cousteau’s films.

Here is a little tidbit of what you might see from one of his films —

Here is a tidbit just for fun!

And now you might want to venture over to Ms Susanna Hill’s blog to find her list of Perfect Picture Books and lots of good resources for using those books! Happy Friday!!

Your friend in the water
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39 thoughts on “Jacques Cousteau

  1. Wow, Jacques Cousteau was on TV regularly when I was a kid. Amazing what he accomplished with his Calypso. Immediately brings to mind that song! One of my favorites by John Denver πŸ˜€

    https ://www .youtube. com/watch?v=-ZonmQZG0GQ

    In case you missed it, I have a picture of Dan (he’s so nice πŸ™‚ ) on myblog ’cause he was at the recent Princeton Book Festival. You can see him AND this book if you scroll all the way to the bottom:

    http ://writersideup. com/2014/09/21/up-a-festival-of-books-in-princeton/

    Btw, you look great in scuba gear, Rhythm πŸ™‚

    • It seems that all you adult folks know all about Mr Cousteau! He was an amazing gentleman. The ripples he made in the sea spread far and wide.
      It seems that you know everybody Ms Donna!!! Yes, I saw your picture of Mr Yaccarino. You are a lucky girl. πŸ˜€
      It would be fun to have some real scuba gear that actually fit and worked!!

      • lol, no, I definitely don’t know everybody, but wouldn’t mind knowing more! πŸ˜‰ I’ve been heavily involved with organizational stuff with our NJ SCBWI, so I do know a good number of people through that, plus going to the book festival it increases who you meet. And, of course, we all get to know people online, too, right?

        As for me, I have no desire to actually wear scuba gear or dive! That’s why I’m so grateful to those who do and for the cameras actually able to photograph and film it all for us to see πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. Wow! This book sounds great, Rhythm! I would love to read it. My youngest daughter did a report on Jacque Cousteau in 4th grade and her school library had no resources on him at all. They could really use a copy of this book! Thanks so much for sharing it. (And I can see how much you love to swim πŸ™‚ You should come swimming with my dog, Scout – she will swim in anything that qualifies as remotely wet :))

  3. I have a copy of Manfish: The Story of Jacques Cousteau checked out from the library right now. Oh, I loved exploring the ocean when him when I was a kid through the documentaries on TV.

  4. Cool book! Clyde doesn’t like water. He sinks and doesn’t swim (his little Bassett legs don’t do well for swimming). Our last dog – Bart loved the water just like you. πŸ˜€ I like the illustrations in the book and would like to read this one!

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