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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Non-Fiction)



Released on April 2008

www.chroniclekids.com

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Jacques was a boy who always was fascinated by the wonders of water. Once he read about a man who survived underwater by breathing through a tube, but when he tried it, the experiment was a flop. He was always experimenting with one thing or another and his curiosity was insatiable. Another thing that held great fascination for him was movies and how they were made. He saved up his money and bought a camera.

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.

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