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Cousteau and His Calypso


Meet 2nd grade guest reviewer, Naomi. She’s 7 years-old, hails from Southern California and loves to swim (in pools and the ocean). Her favorite animal is the Seahorse! Today Naomi has reviewed The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino who is both author and illustrator.

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino is a wonderful book overflowing with terrific colorful pictures. It was about the ocean, the fish, and world-famous Jacques Cousteau, who loved the sea. Jacques Cousteau was born in France and was a sickly boy. Doctors told him he needed to swim if he wanted to get healthy and so he began to love the water. When he was a young man a friend gave him a pair of goggles so he could see underwater. He loved watching the fish in the ocean and wished he could stay underwater longer and longer to 41vxsizt4yl_sl500_aa240_learn about the sea. An engineer friend of his invented the Aqualung (Mom Note: a breathing device allowing swimmers to breathe underwater for long periods of time.) He liked to explore the sea and the ocean animals with his boat, the Calypso. Soon Jacques Cousteau wanted to go even deeper so he invented the Diving Saucer which could carry 2 people and go 350 meters deep and the Sea Flea which could hold 1 person and go 500 meters down.

imagesHe filmed the first underwater (feature) film and a TV show, “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.” (Editor’s Note: I grew up watching this program and all his ‘specials’ on TV as a child.)

I liked the main character in this story because he loved the sea so much and so do I, and he had lots of adventures.

This book is for people to learn more about the sea, so maybe they would start to like it too. I think the author did such a good job that I would like read more books by this author, especially more books unknownabout the sea, and ocean animals.

Oh and by the way, in addition to telling such an interesting story, Yaccarino’s art was good-looking, stylish, fantastic. It was drawn in a cartoony way and the drawings are very colorful.

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