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Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy: Alaska's First Naturalist: Georg Wilhelm Steller Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings
ISBN:0374399476
LANGUAGE:English

" A touch on the rambling side, but overall an interesting account of science at all costs. " said.

"This was a very interesting and informative read, although I do have some issues with it. It is listed as a young adult book, but the notes are so extensive that I cannot imagine many young people reading them. Some of that information could have been incorporated into the life story. Still, good to read as truth is stranger than fiction. Just as an aside - I put this and all books away for a few weeks while I was traveling, but while reading the notes long after the main story did not need to go back to the life story." said.

" A touch on the rambling side, but overall an interesting account of science at all costs. " said.

"This was a very interesting and informative read, although I do have some issues with it. It is listed as a young adult book, but the notes are so extensive that I cannot imagine many young people reading them. Some of that information could have been incorporated into the life story. Still, good to read as truth is stranger than fiction. Just as an aside - I put this and all books away for a few weeks while I was traveling, but while reading the notes long after the main story did not need to go back to the life story." said.

"I found Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy to be an ideal fit for our little homeschool unit study on explorers, navigation and natural history. We needed a change from tales of American and British explorers and hadn't read much about Siberia previously so this fit the bill. I picked this title by chance from our library and was quickly attracted by its highly readable language and quirky pen and ink illustrations. Great as a read aloud too...but if you have highly-sensitive little children, you should be aware that the author mentions disease and death.

Readers who enjoyed The Voyage of the Beetle by Anne Weaver may enjoy this book too.
" said.

"Wonderful concise journey into an amazing man's dedication to his research. He was
not just Alaska's first naturalist, but raised the benchmark for all who followed him.
" said.

"This is a very fun and very education book, written for school-aged children, but suitable for all age. Georg Steller was one of the greatest naturalists of all time, and his discoveries were numerous and awe-inspiring.

This fascinating tale is one of hardship and adventure also, not just natural science.

A easy read and a real page turner. A good way to make learning fun.
" said.

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