“Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau”
By Jennifer Berne
Illustrated by ric Puybaret
Chronicle Books LLC, 2008
New book in my sea library. This year I wish to get to know the famous undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau better. Apart from a few videos and urban or marine legends, I still haven’t dived deep enough. I believe this beautifully illustrated book for children Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by American writer Jennifer Berne is a great start for a personal Cousteau adventure. The book is illustrated by an award-winning French artist Éric Puybaret, who spends much of his free time diving and enjoying the sea.
From the introduction of the book:
“Once upon a time in France, a baby was born under the summer sun. His parents named him Jacques.
As he grew, Jacques fell in love with the sea. He dreamed of breathing beneath the waves and swimming as gracefully as a fish. In fact, he longed to become a manfish.
Jacques Cousteau grew up to become a champion of the seas and one of the best-known oceanographers in the world. In this lovely biography, poetic text and gorgeous paintings come together to create a portrait of Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.”
I’m really happy to have this book and will write a review later on. Nice to meet you, Mr. Cousteau!
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
JACQUES YVES COUSTEAU