In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept ...
In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building a shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery. From the Paperback edition.
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Alone, on a deserted island. No weapons. Animal predators lurking where you can't see. A need for food. A drive for survival. That pretty much covers Karana's life, when her tribe sails away, and leaves her in the remains of living by herself, for years to come. There's numerous things she has to teach herself how to do--and many things that she'll discover that she will not do again. She has to learn exactly how to fend for herself--it's a life or death matter. After all, no one may ever come back to find her...
Awesome book, very eccentric--Not your average read!
You'll have to find out how Karana becomes courageous enough to take on her natural state of isolation.
Ronald B B
May 26, 2011
This writer makes you feel like these things are going on all around you, you think you are there. When a writer can make you visualize, without a big screen t.v., they are doing something right.
Sep 10, 2010
I read the book Island of the blue dolphin in 4th grade and I remember loving it. I read it in class with my teachers help so Im sure most 5th/6th graders could read it. I work at a bookstore now so when I found it on the shelfs I was overcome with memories. Im going to give it to my 5th grade brother to read. hopefully he will love it. I recommend this book to youngsters.
Dec 31, 2009
This is a story to study with 6th & 7th Graders.A historical fiction that teaches respect for life, forgiveness , adapting to situations & being self-reliant.
May 6, 2008
I first read this at a friend's house when I was a little girl, because I didn't have many books (I know, boo hoo). I'm making up for it now. Anyway, it's a man-against-nature adventure, but it was even more exciting to me as a little girl, because it was about a young girl who gets stranded on an island, along with her brother. He gets killed by wild dogs, and then she has to fend for herself. She must build shelter, find food, and fight off the dogs. She even makes weapons, which it was forbidden for women to do. She was on the island for 18 years, from 1835-1853. It made me wonder how I would fare (not well). I then bought this book for my daughters when they were old enough to read. They also loved it. Then we discovered it was made into a movie, and we watched it together. I was pleased to see that it stayed true to the book.
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