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

by Scott O'Dell

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Member:aimeestanaland
Title:Island of the Blue Dolphins
Authors:Scott O'Dell
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2010), Edition: Anv, Hardcover, 192 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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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    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (snapdragongirl)
    snapdragongirl: Hatchet is also a survivalist book for young adults. It is about a boy who crash lands in a forest. His only tool is a hatchet.
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    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (gilberts)
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    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (changsbooks)
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    Zia by Scott O'Dell (Hollerama)
    Hollerama: Zia is the sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins
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    The Cay by Theodore Taylor (bookymouse)
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    A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer (foggidawn)
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    A Wild Thing by Jean Renvoize (weener)
    weener: These are both excellent tales of young women surviving on their own who find a measure of peace in their solitude.
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    Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (changsbooks)
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I loved this book when I was a kid, but until today I didn't know that it was based on a true story. I've been meaning to reread it for years and I'm glad I finally did; it really is lovely.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
This book would be great to use for older students, possibly third-fifth. ti could be done as a read aloud or as a book they read on their own. It could be used when teaching historical fiction, or about how native people used to make their own weapons to hunt and gather. It is a good example of tribes, and how there was a chief, and the roles of the women and men.
  TaylorWebb | Jan 30, 2016 |
An interesting take on the "last man on earth" style of trope. I know this was written significantly earlier, however there were many parallels between this and Hatchet, though I prefer the latter and feel it truly captured the theme of isolation and survival significantly better. ( )
  benuathanasia | Jan 29, 2016 |
Such a famous book that I had never read until I moved to the California coast and realized this took place right "in the neighborhood." I love the story, the slow-moving one-day-into-another pace with rich descriptions of otters and starfish and wild dogs and pelicans and the occasional surreal event (spoiler alert: skeleton playing a pelican-bone flute). I am something less (much less) than a survivalist and would most likely not have lasted three hours on the island. But I greatly admire this young woman who developed incredible survival skills and the writer who imagined her story. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
I loved this when I was a kid, but rereading as an adult found it very slow. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Based on actual events, this is an adventure story of an Indian girl living on the island of San Nicolas off the California coast. With her adaptability and resilience, she survived alone on the island for eighteen years. Some cultural information on island lifeways is included. Illustrated with twelve full-page watercolors.
 

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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

(Photo © Neil Giordano)



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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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