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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A life well worth contemplating is that of French undersea explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau. Although the illustrations fail to do justice to a man whose films so exquisitely illustrated "the silent world" for over thirty years, DuTemple's presentation and writing are excellent, and Cousteau-the-man is downright riveting. A recurrent phrase in the book reads, "Yet Jacques recovered." His creed was "Il faut aller voir"--we must see for ourselves--and down he went in early underwater gear that nearly killed him. Working with scientists, he helped to develop scuba gear that really works. As a member of the French Navy, he spent much of WWII underwater, disarming ocean mines and later booby-trapping French ships to prevent the Germans from using France's own fleet against them once they'd been captured. With co-authors or alone, Cousteau wrote over 50 books, created more than 70 films, and never lost his sense of humor. He described the Red Sea as "a nice hot bathtub full of sharks." Watching dolphins in the Indian Ocean, he said they swam with "no apparent destination, given up to some titanic, collective joy." His dedication to preserving the marine environment led him to found The Cousteau Society in 1973, a still-thriving organization. Along with Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) and Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac), Jacques Cousteau completes the triumvirate responsible for today's active environmental movement. 2000, Lerner Publications, Ages 8 up, $25.26. Reviewer: Joan Carris—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-DuTemple covers Cousteau's childhood, education, his many inventions, his work with the French Resistance during World War II, and his lifelong interests in oceanography and photography. The author discusses the dangers Cousteau encountered while diving and filming underwater, and the Calypso, his famous ship. The mostly black-and-white photographs add value and interest. However, the one color map doesn't provide useful information and without a key or caption is actually confusing. Despite this minor flaw, this is the most up-to-date title available on the man. Libraries owning biographies published prior to 1998 (Cousteau died in 1997) should consider replacing them with this volume.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822549796
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: A&E Biography Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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