Title: Manfish: A Story of Jacques CousteauAuthor: Jennifer Berne (writer), Ėric Puybaret (illustrator)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication year: 2008
Category: Picture Book (non-fiction)
Source: Monroe 1 BOCES Overdrive E-Book Collection
Summary: A biographical account of Jacques Cousteau's life from his childhood fascination with water to his life activist and film-maker.
Review: I liked the introduction of Cousteau as curious child, whose interest in the ocean was matched by his interest in mechanical engineering & film making. I wish more time was spent on his development of the aqualung. The illustrations were elegant and subdued, but still captured the vibrancy of ocean teeming with life.
Classroom Use: I would use this as a non-fiction read-a-loud with students 4-8th grade. It will also be a wonderful addition to units on the ocean.