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 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