Review by Burl Burlingame Honolulu Star-Bulletin November 17 2002
You want fish this field guide has fish. Hundreds of side views in full color well-illustrated by artist/scientist Goldin. Plus mollusks a smorgasbord of invertibrates mammals -not that many were dealing with bats and whales mostly- birds reptiles snails worms anything youre likely to encounter swimming flying crawling inching stinging creeping floating or buzzing about the Samoan necklace of islands in the South Pacific.
Although these reefs are among the most pure found anywhere in the world sure enough there are American cockroaches included here as well.
Review by Scott Whitney Pacific Magazine January 1 2003
Congratulations to Bess Press on the release of Field Guide to the Samoan Archipelago. Its a well-researched and beautifully researched guide to the fish birds mammals and insects of the Samoan islands. Writer and illustrator Meryl Rose Goldin is a naturalist who volunteered for the Dept. of Marine and Wildlife Resources in American Samoa. In addition to a carefully documented narrative and subtly rendered illustrations Goldin provides the scientific name the English common name and the traditional Samoan names for each of the species she discusses. This book is a must for anyone living in or traveling to the Samoas-and its a pleasure for anyone who enjoys well-designed books.
Review by C&RL News September 1 2003
Field Guide to the Samoan Archipelago: Fish Wildlife and Protected Areas by Meryl Rose Goldin gives the English Samoan and scientific names for some 500 species of marine and terrestrial fauna that visitors might run across in the islands of Samoa -formerly Western Samoa- and American Samoa. The guide also covers the ecology of area coral reefs gives advice on snorkeling and diving and describes the parks preserves sanctuaries and natural landmarks in the islands.