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Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960)
by Scott O'Dell
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I appreciated this reader's edition and learning "the rest of the story." I found the Introduction a little long and dry, though the information was valuable. After reading the two chapters excised from the original book, I am glad they were omitted from a book intended for young adult readers. The two essays at the conclusion of the book were enlightening ( )
Island of the Blue Dolphins is an incredible book about survival. It left me with a haunted feeling, and I felt the need to read it through as quickly as possible.
I seriously could not put this one down.
-incredible and stark survival story
-emphasis on the meaning of human/animal connections.
-has some very sad and scary moments
-material for upper middle grade readers
-description of a battle where a significant number of people die.
-people and animals die or are killed
Based on a true story . It is like surviving on an island with no people to help you ..it's a nice adventure story.
I read this book probably twenty times over when I was a kid, so it was interesting to revisit it as an adult. I'm pleased to say that, unlike a lot of other childhood reads, this held up well, though the sadness of the circumstances around the real story hit me pretty hard. O'Dell's inspiration is based on a Native American woman who, when the rest of her tribe left their remote island off the Southern California coast, stayed behind. She ended up living alone for 18 years. The way O'Dell handled her survival story and the passage of time is deftly done. You never really come to know Karana in an intimate way, which makes it easier to feel like you, the reader, are the one who is surviving alone. This newer version of the book includes a forward by acclaimed children's author Lois Lowry that adds more context for the real and fictional stories.
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.
Convincing and beautifully written. A fact-based tale...it manages to have warmth and suspense.
Years of research must have gone into this book to turn historical fact into so moving and lasting an experience.
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Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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