The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau: Summary and Review

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Title: The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteauthe fantastic undersea life of jacques cousteau by dan yaccarino
Author: Dan Yaccarino
Genre: Picture Books for Children (Nonfiction)
Age Category: 6 to 8 years

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Today, in honor of Nonfiction Monday, I’m reviewing Dan Yaccarino’s The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau.  I must say, this picture book made me nostalgic: I grew up fascinated by Cousteau’s television programs.  That history made me especially excited to weigh in on Yaccarino’s book.

Picture Books for Children: Summary

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteauthe fantastic undersea life of jacques cousteau by dan yaccarino is a delightful picture book biography of the revolutionary underwater explorer, filmmaker, and scientist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

The picture book begins with Cousteau’s boyhood, in which he overcame difficult health conditions by swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.  Yaccarino points to Cousteau’s fiercely determined and innovative spirit, even as a boy.  The picture book also brings out the fact that Cousteau loved to tinker as a boy; Yaccarino describes one occasion on which Cousteau bought a movie camera with his own money and then promptly took it apart to see how it worked.

The turning point in the picture book comes when Continue reading

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Story for Children about Saint Patrick: Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, Tomie dePaola

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Title: Patrick: Patron Saint of IrelandTomie dePaola, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, story for children about Saint Patrick
Author: Tomie dePaola
Age Category: 6 to 8 years
Genre: Picture books

If you are looking for a story for children about Saint Patrick to help explain the significance of St. Patrick’s Day to 6-to-8-year-olds, Patrick: Patron Saint of IrelandTomie dePaola, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, story for children about Saint Patrick is a great one.  This children’s book is a brief, charming biography of St. Patrick, with the added bonus of several interesting legends about Patrick appended after the strictly biographical part.

Story for Children about Saint Patrick: Summary

As dePaola tells it, Patrick grew up in Britain near the Irish Sea during the late 4th- and early 5th-century CE, in the twilight of the Western Roman Empire.  One night warriors from Ireland landed on the shores near his home, raided local farms, and took many people into captivity, including the teenage Patrick.  Patrick was sold into slavery, and was forced to Continue reading

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