Jacques-Yves Cousteau: His Story Under the Sea

Jacques-Yves Cousteau: His Story Under the Sea

by John Bankston
     
 

Profiles the 20th century achievers in science, medicine, and technology. Written especially for young adult readers, this series helps place each significant invention, discovery, and development in historical perspective while exploring the life of the person responsible for each breakthrough. Readers will travel back in time to learn about each important scientific… See more details below

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Profiles the 20th century achievers in science, medicine, and technology. Written especially for young adult readers, this series helps place each significant invention, discovery, and development in historical perspective while exploring the life of the person responsible for each breakthrough. Readers will travel back in time to learn about each important scientific, medical, or technological discovery. No science fiction story even approximates the mystery and suspense contained in these true science biographies.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In an easy narrative style, Bankston chronicles the life and accomplishments of the man who shared his love for the ocean with a television audience 30 years ago aboard Calypso. Comprehensive for its length, this biography develops the natural progression of Cousteau's boyhood fascination with water, cameras, and machines to becoming a French Navy lieutenant, oceanographer, and filmmaker. He is portrayed as a determined man, focused on the problem of developing a device that would allow divers to breathe while exploring the ocean's depths. After many failed attempts, he and friend Emile Gagnan succeeded in inventing the first self-contained underwater breathing apparatus or "SCUBA" gear. A full-page photograph of Adolf Hitler is imposing and sets the tone for the chapter on Cousteau's assignment as a part of the French Resistance disabling German mines in the waters of the Mediterranean. Other photographs are more biographical but not always chronological or related to the text. Cousteau's efforts in speaking out about ocean pollution are only briefly mentioned. Students will find this a great resource for reports and will be intrigued enough to want to read more on the topic.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584151128
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
Unlocking the Secrets of Science Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 15 Years

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