The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau

Dan Yaccarino

Language: English

Pages: 40

ISBN: 0375844708

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Jacques Cousteau was the world’s ambassador of the oceans. His popular TV series brought whales, otters, and dolphins right into people’s living rooms. Now, in this exciting picturebook biography, Dan Yaccarino introduces young readers to the man behind the snorkel.

From the first moment he got a glimpse of what lived under the ocean’s waves, Cousteau was hooked. And so he set sail aboard the Calypso to see the sea. He and his team of scientists invented diving equipment and waterproof cameras. They made films and televisions shows and wrote books so they could share what they learned. The oceans were a vast unexplored world, and Cousteau became our guide. And when he saw that pollution was taking its toll on the seas, Cousteau became our guide in how to protect the oceans as well.

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“I am a believer in today—and tomorrow.” Jacques Cousteau was the world’s ambassador of the oceans. He produced fifty books, two encyclopedias, and dozens of documentary films. “When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.” His popular TV series, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, brought whales, octopuses, otters, and dolphins right into people’s living rooms. “There was wildlife, untouched, a jungle

was the second of three undersea-living experiments conducted by Cousteau’s team. • Cousteau wrote many books. Two of the most influential, The Living Sea and World Without Sun, were published in 1963 and 1965. • From 1966 to 1976, Cousteau created the television series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. • In 1974, he started the Cousteau Society to protect the world’s oceans. • In 1977, Cousteau received the United Nations International Environment Prize. In the same year, his second

was the second of three undersea-living experiments conducted by Cousteau’s team. • Cousteau wrote many books. Two of the most influential, The Living Sea and World Without Sun, were published in 1963 and 1965. • From 1966 to 1976, Cousteau created the television series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. • In 1974, he started the Cousteau Society to protect the world’s oceans. • In 1977, Cousteau received the United Nations International Environment Prize. In the same year, his second

weak and sickly boy. Doctors encouraged him to swim to build up his strength. He discovered that he loved the water. Jacques also loved to tinker and build all sorts of gadgets. He saved his money and bought a camera to make his own movies, then took it apart to see how it worked. When he was a young man, Jacques was badly hurt in a car accident. Doctors told him he would have to wear arm braces for the rest of his life, but he refused to accept this. Just as he had done before, he turned

scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.” Cousteau discovered many treasures in the Mediterranean Sea. And it was there that he shot The Silent World, the first full-length, full-color underwater film ever made. It took the world by storm! “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.” Cousteau’s film gave people their first glimpse of the amazing universe under the waves. Everyone loved what they saw

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