Manfish: Before becoming a famous oceanographer, he was a curious boy. Poetic text and gorgeous paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau.
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau: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, now in paperback, poetic text and gorgeous paintings come together to create a portrait of Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.
About the Author & Illustrator:
Jennifer Berne is the author of the acclaimed On a Beam of Light. She writes children’s books about our amazing universe and the people who are passionate about it. She lives in Copake, New York. Read more about her here.
Éric Puybaret is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children. He lives in Paris, France.
A Few Reviews:
“This story along with the fun illustrations was captivating to my toddler after a trip to the natural history museum and aquarium in which he saw real scuba divers getting into the water. For weeks afterwards he was dressing up as a scuba diver and sliding around on the floor. The story is somewhat detailed for a tot but he still got a lot out of parts of the story and the illustrations.” – Amazon Reviewer Heather
“Wonderful gift for my 5 year old grandnephew. He loves nature, inventing new or modifying existing objects. Since he was around 3 he identified needs or wants and figured out what to do so he had what he wanted. He is a true problem solver and innovator. We love reading this book over and over. Doing so reinforces his creative process and problem solving skills. Cannot thank you enough!” – Amazon Reviewer Kathie B.
“We’ve accumulated quite an extensive storybook library at our house, and this was a fast favorite. The illustrations are beautiful – imaginative and colorful, definitely plenty to keep our five month old engaged. And the story is a substantial enough one (I even learned a fair amount about Jacques Cousteau from reading it) that I imagine we’ll keep this one around for a long time, with our son growing into it.” – Amazon Reviewer Jessica Deahl