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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Island of the Blue Dolphins (original 1960; edition 2010)

by Scott O'Dell

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Title:Island of the Blue Dolphins
Authors:Scott O'Dell
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2010), Edition: Anv, Hardcover, 192 pages
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Tags:death, family life, siblings, survival, surviving the elements, courage, Pacific Islands, baby animals

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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (1960)

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fla2; reread of something I read as a child. Karana lives with her Ghalas-at clan on The Island of the Blue Dolphin. A russian ship comes to harvest otter pelts, and leaves minimal things in exchange, causing a fight between his ship and the local Indians. The indian clan is decimated by the fight. After a few years, another ship with white men comes to take the people to an island where their chief (who left earlier in a canoe) is waiting. All of the clan except Kamara & her brother go - her brother is missing the ship, so Kamara jumps overboard to get to him. Ramo is killed by the wild dogs on the island, so Kamara lives in total isolation on the island for 18 years. When another white man ship arrives, she learns that the ship with her clan was lost at sea & she is the only surviving member of her clan. ( )
  nancynova | Mar 29, 2014 |
Island of the Blue Dolphins is about a young girl named Karana who is living on the Island with her younger brother and sister. As a Russian group of hunters come to the Island, they bring trouble to the girls.In the final struggle, Chief Chowig, Karana's father, fights the leader of the Aleuts. Her father and a lot of the Islanders are left dead and the Russians leave the Island. An elder leaves the village to send help and the struggles continue for the women until help arrives.

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I really didn't like the book because to me, it was overly sad and I do not enjoy crying while reading. It also seems a little long to read for a review and I became frustrated with things that happened very easily. The women do have to do a lot of chores and learn to survive, which could teach a valuable lesson.

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1. Children can make a list of three things they would chose to survive with and compare them to their classmates.
2. Children could draw a picture of an Island they would like to live on.
3. Children could write a short story about an imaginary time they were lost on an Island. ( )
  KendraAdams | Mar 26, 2014 |
I remember loving this book as a kid. I'd like to read it again: I really enjoyed it but I don't remember what it was about. ( )
  CallMeChristina | Mar 23, 2014 |
Another young adult favorite! A strong female lead character, very inspiring when I was young ( )
  jspringbrinkley | Mar 15, 2014 |
It was a really good book for children. If you're planning to join Survivor then you must read this ;p. It was hard to put down. It was really exciting in a way despite the lack of characters. I really love Rontu, it was sad when he died. A nice "coming-of-age" story. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 9, 2014 |
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Product Description The Newberry Medal-winning story of a 12-year old girl who lives alone on a Pacific island after she leaps from a rescue ship. Isolated on the island for eighteen years, Karana forages for food, builds weapons to fight predators, clothes herself in a cormorant feathered skirt, and finds strength and peace in her seclusion. A classic tale of discovery and solitude returns to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for its 50th anniversary, with a new introduction by Lois Lowry.

Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Lois Lowry on Writing the Introduction to Island of the Blue Dolphins, 50th Anniversary Edition Dear Amazon readers,

Last summer, when I was asked to write an introduction to a new edition of Island of the Blue Dolphins, my mind went back in time to the 1960s, when my children were young and it was one of their best-loved books. But a later memory surfaced, as well, of a party I was invited to in the summer of 1979. By now the kids were grown. I was in New York to attend a convention of the American Library Association, and Scott O'Dell's publisher, Houghton Mifflin, was honoring him at a reception being held at the St. Regis Hotel. I had never met Mr. O'Dell. But because of my own children I knew his books, and I was pleased to be invited to such an illustrious event. I was staying at a nearby hotel and planned to walk over to the party. But when I began to get dressed, I encountered a problem. I was wearing, I remember, a rose-colored crêpe de Chine dress. It buttoned up the back. I was alone in my hotel room. I buttoned the bottom buttons, and I buttoned the top buttons, but there was one button in the middle of my back that I simply couldn’t reach. It makes me laugh today, thinking about it, picturing the contortions I went through in that hotel room: twisting my arms, twisting my back, all to no avail. The clock was ticking. The party would start soon. I had no other clothes except the casual things I'd been wearing all day and which were now wrinkled from the summer heat. Finally I decided, The heck with it. I left the room with the button unbuttoned and headed off. When I got in my hotel elevator, a benign-looking older couple, probably tourists from the Midwest, were already standing inside, and I explained my predicament politely and asked if they could give me a hand. The gray-haired man kindly buttoned my dress for me. We parted company in the lobby of my hotel and off I went to the St. Regis, where I milled around and chatted with countless people, sipped wine, and waited for the guest of honor, Scott O'Dell, to be introduced. When he was, of course he turned out to be the eighty-one-year-old man who had buttoned my dress. But wait! There's more. Ten years passed. I had never seen Mr. O'Dell during the intervening years, but now, suddenly, we were the two speakers at a luncheon being held on a college campus somewhere. I think it may have been Vassar. We sat next to each other at the head table, nibbling our chicken, chatting about the weather. I knew he wouldn't remember me, but I certainly remembered him, and I was secretly thinking that when it was my turn to speak, I might tell the audience the amusing little anecdote about the button on my dress. But he went first. And, eyes twinkling, he started his speech with "The last time I was with Lois Lowry, we were in a New York hotel. I was helping her get dressed." He was ninety-one at the time. All of this floated back into my mind when I found myself rereading, last summer, The Island of the Blue Dolphins. None of it was appropriate to the book's introduction, of course, and I went on to write, instead, about the power of the story and the magnificence of the writing. Not that anyone needed reminding! There has never been a question about Scott O'Dell's brilliance as a writer and storyteller. But it's nice to have a chance, here, to tell an audience that he was also a sweet and funny man. Lois Lowry

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Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.

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