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Book Title: Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures|
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Reader ratings: 5.3
The author of the book: Rebecca L. Johnson
Edition: Millbrook Press
Date of issue: August 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9780761341482
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 432 KB
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If I were to only consider Rebecca L. Johnson's 2011 Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures scientifically and with regard to how well the author describes the Census of Marine Life and the oh so very many new to science sea creatures found and catalogued during this global project, I would in all likelihood be granting a full five star rating (as both the presented narrative and the accompanying photographs are intellectually and visually a total and utter dream, with especially the author's printed words showing a very good and appreciated, helpful combination of necessary complexity of thematics and simplicity of word usage and style so as to sufficiently enlighten but not unnecessarily overwhelm the intended audience, older children from about the age of nine onwards, not to mention that the source notes, the bibliographies and suggestions for further study and reading are the absolute icing on the cake here and do most definitely greatly augment the teaching and supplemental research potential of Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures).
However and the above all having been said, I have to admit that I do take a bit of personal umbrage at the rather casual and nonchalant attitude shown by author Rebecca L. Johnson towards the fact that in order to adequately study and analyse these creatures of the deep, in order to make and then manually organise these types of discoveries, sea animals such as jellyfish, comb jellies, zoo plankton, crustaceans etc. must be mined and harvested and then later preserved in alcohol, in other words, they need to more often than not be killed, they need to be captured and later destroyed (and while I do in fact more than understand why this needs to be done, there is at least in my humble opinion a rather callous authorial attitude of "oh well this is necessary to and for science" that I for one tend to find find more than a bit uncomfortable and indeed, I do therefore wish the author had shown a trifle more humility and less of a sense of this being simply necessary and therefore totally academically, scientifically excusable). Still, and for all that Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures remains highly recommended (but yes, even though I have much enjoyed both text and the many amazing photographs and have actually learned quite a lot myself, I do leave this book with a somewhat bitter taste remaining in my mouth and a sadness that in order to study the ocean and its creatures, we seemingly have to kill them and that we also still do seem to think that this is both acceptable and even perhaps quite appropriate).
Oh and by the way, although I know that Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures is also available as an e-book, I would absolutely NOT RECOMMEND the digital version, as the printed words are so small that they are almost undecipherable (an this even if one tries to zoom in) and really, what use is a non fiction science book on the ocean if one cannot actually peruse the featured text with any kind of visual ease (and truth be told, I even ended up having to purchase the hardcover edition of Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures, as it was quite simply impossible for me to physically read the e-book edition on my iPad).
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