It seems as though Jacques Cousteau, twentieth century inventor, naturalist and explorer, was a Manfish. Not only did he share his fascination and understanding of the underwater world with others, but his films had universal impact and appeal. What’s more, through an early life of inventions, he was able to create equipment that made it possible to explore longer and further beneath the seas.

From a crane built as a child, Jacques Cousteau progressed that he could imagine and create an aqualung. This enabled divers to stay underwater for longer and breathe the air contained within a tank.

Then again, Jacques Cousteau had made films since a child. He used this experience to best effect through the filming he shared across the world, of his adventures and discoveries aboard the Calypso. These informed generations.

Bookwagon loves Manfish. Jennifer Berne’s biography is inspiring and informative. What’s more Éric Puybaret’s pictures are sleek, empathetic, and beautifully expressive. We recommend Manfish for sharing, talking over, knowing about and gifting.

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A Story of Jacques Cousteau

by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Éric Puybaret


No one could have imagined the world revealed by Jacques Cousteau throughout the twentieth century. It seems he was a Manfish. In this picture book biography, we learn about his inspiration and legacy, such as maintained by The Cousteau Society.
An early fascination with water inspired dreams of ‘flying through water‘. Thereafter, he researched and created as a child, including a ‘crane that was as tall as he was, and actually worked‘. What’s more, he was fascinated by cinema, so hsaved his money to buy his own movie camera and filmed everyone and everything about him. It would appear that even in his youth, Jacques Cousteau was the ‘the star, the director, the writer. And usually the cameraman’.
However, the French Navy and snorkelling introduced him to a whole new world. This led him to build a special case to film his discoveries! However, Jacques Cousteau wanted more, so designed rubber suits ‘to keep warm‘ alongside ‘flippers- to kick better’. Then he began to plan how he might ‘take more air with him, enough air to explore the mysterious depths and vast expanses of the ocean’. Herein, he invented the ‘aqualung’ 
Jennifer Berne of On a Beam of Light, describes Jacques Cousteau’s motivations, effort, discoveries and explorations. Therefore, we travel aboard the Calypso, alongside Philippe and Didi, his lifelong companions. What’s more, we realise how he tied up his love of the ocean and movies so that he became a trailblazing naturalist.
Éric Puyubaret’s illustrations are clean, distinct and expressive. They help us travel alongside Jennifer Berne’s assured biography. Bookwagon loves Manfish and recommends this title for sharing, discussion, keeping and gifting.


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