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Download Jacques Cousteau: Man of the Oceans (Rookie Biographies) epub

by Carol Greene

A simple biography of the French oceanographer whose underwater explorations have focused the world's attention on the beauty of ocean life and the need to conserve that life.
Download Jacques Cousteau: Man of the Oceans (Rookie Biographies) epub
ISBN: 0516042157
ISBN13: 978-0516042152
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Professionals & Academics
Author: Carol Greene
Language: English
Publisher: Childrens Pr (December 1, 1990)
ePUB size: 1468 kb
FB2 size: 1127 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 652
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A good way to introduce kids to a man older adults are very familiar with. Lots of photos and illustrations complement the story.
A biography of the French ocean explorer written for the very young in short sentences ("Jacques Cousteau is a real person. He was born in 1910. He has learned and taught about life underwater"- at p. 3). Ironically, the photographic captions require a higher level of reading; that on p. 9, for example, notes that "Jacques Cousteau would grow up to use machines, such as the windship Aleyone, and to make films of his exploits and underwater adventures." One wonders whether words like "regulator" and "aqualung" are appropriate to the age group targeted, at least without further explanation. At least one photograph, that on page ten entitled "A French navy ship gives a 21-gun salute as it enters the harbor at Havana, Cuba" has nothing to do with Cousteau, while it seems foolish to identify Bernard Delmotte in a picture (at p. 31), but not to name the co-inventor of the aqualung ("A man in Paris helped him"- at p. 16). Similarly, many of the photographs are not parallel to the text. The account of an amphora wreck off Grand Conglove is illustrated by two statuettes found off Greece (at p. 23), while although wars and typhoons are mentioned in the text, the picture offered is that of the Calypso in a blizzard (at p. 34).

Greene incorrectly indicates that Cousteau did not help clear enemy mines after World War II (at p. 17), gives the wrong date for Philippe Cousteau's death (1979, not 1978), and confuses the aircraft involved with the accident which was a flying boat, not a helicopter (at p. 41).