This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
young age was interested in mechanics and appropriate to the compelling
technology. The author describes what life was and beautiful text. Jacques
like in this era with simple, colloquial lan- Cousteau contributed much
guage that not only communicates information, to the world, from promoting
but does so in a way that engages and compels conservation and education
the reader. She tells stories from a very human through the Cousteau Society,
perspective. readers learn that Philo raised to inventing the aqualung; and
sheep and played violin to raise money for his his innovative spirit serves as
projects and that later his wife, described as inspiration to young learners.
the love of his life, learned to use a precision
welder to help Philo build the prototype for Fantastic Undersea Life
the television. Philo’s inspiration for breaking of Jacques Cousteau, by Dan
down, sending, and reassembling electrons yaccarino (Alfred A. Knopf,
into parallel bands of light came at age four- 2009), is a book for younger children than the
teen when he was plowing a potato field. The book described above. Bright pictures and few
dream-like illustrations by greg Couch help to words make for an exciting and color-filled book.
set the tone of this intriguing book for seven- Quotes of Jacques Cousteau dot each page. The
to twelve-year-olds. appeal for this book is in the playful and child-
like appearance of it. young students can pic-
All of the Above, by Shelley Pearsall (Little, ture themselves perhaps doing the things this
Brown and Company, 2006), is an interesting inventor and scientist did. Both this title and
young adult book that tells the story of a group Manfish include a timeline of Cousteau’s life
of four reluctant, inner-city students on a jour- and resources such as The Cousteau Society,
ney to break the world’s record for the biggest http://www.cousteau.org, and the numerous
tetrahedron. each chapter is told from one of films and books Jacques Cousteau created dur-
seven characters’ perspective. This format cre- ing his life.
ates a dramatic effect. Based on a true story,
intense interpersonal dynamics, portraits of Listen to the Wind by greg Mortenson and
low-income families, broken homes, and learn- Susan L. roth (Dial Books for young readers,
ing differences are featured. A fair amount of 2009), tells the story of Dr. greg Mortenson
geometry and calculation is included as part returning from an attempt to climb K2, weak
of the plot. At one point, their nearly-finished and ill, and meeting a couple of men from Kor-
project is destroyed—they must collaborate and phe. In gratitude he promises to help build a
decide together what will happen next. This is school for the children of their village in Paki-
an unlikely but powerful example of twenty- stan. This is a picture book version of the story,
first-century skills for students ages ten through Three Cups of Tea (a New York Times bestseller)
fourteen. written by Dr. Mortenson. Collages by Susan L.
roth using cut paper and cloth add vibrancy to
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau, by this incredible story. The names of characters,
Jennifer Berne (Chronicle Books, 2008), is a depictions of the landscape, clothing, animals,
uniquely styled book that relates the life, per- and housing show a different way
sonality, accomplishments, and inventions of of life. At the end of the story is
Jacques Cousteau. Curious from a young age, a scrapbook of pictures and cap-
Jacques first fell in love with the ocean and then tions that show the real people
became captivated when someone gave him a and places of the story. The
pair of swim goggles that let him see clearly organization Pennies for Peace,
underwater. This book is well-suited for ages http://www.penniesforpeace
nine and older. Although overall the images in .org is mentioned as a way that
this book seem dark and opaque, the pairing our students can help buy much-
of eric Puybaret’s artwork and the Pia type- needed supplies for the children
face create a subdued and wonder-filled mood of Korphe.
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