- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Reprint edition (31 Dec. 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440439884
- ISBN-13: 978-0440439882
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.2 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scott O'Dell won the Newbery Medal for Island of the Blue Dolphins in 1961, and in 1976 the Children's Literature Association named this riveting story one of the 10 best American children's books of the past 200 years. O'Dell was inspired by the real-life story of a 12-year-old American Indian girl, Karana. The author based his book on the life of this remarkable young woman who, during the evacuation of Ghalas-at (an island off the coast of California), jumped ship to stay with her young brother who had been abandoned on the island. He died shortly thereafter, and Karana fended for herself on the island for 18 years.
O'Dell tells the miraculous story of how Karana forages on land and in the ocean, clothes herself (in a green-cormorant skirt and an otter cape on special occasions), and secures shelter. Perhaps even more startlingly, she finds strength and serenity living alone on the island. This beautiful edition of Island of the Blue Dolphins is enriched with 12 full-page watercolour paintings by Ted Lewin, illustrator of more than 100 children's books, including Ali, Child of the Desert. A gripping story of battling wild dogs and sea elephants, this simply told, suspenseful tale of survival is also an uplifting adventure of the spirit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery."
-- "School Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I chose this book because it had lots of favorable reviews and was free on KU. Had it been left up to me, I would have finished this book in an hour or so. But, although my granddaughter is a good little reader, and stumbles over few of the words with the exception of the ones in the Indian language, she goes much slower.
So, we've been reading for 20 minutes each evening and honestly, when we came to some of the sad parts, I thought perhaps she might want to switch books. She had one word for me - "Fake!" I thought, okay - she knows this isn't a true story and she can handle it. I suppose since I'm inclined to enter deeply into my stories, the sad parts troubled me more than they troubled her. Not sure which one of us has the right perspective.
There are many reviews on this book so I doubt mine will ever be read. I would like to say that even as an adult I found this story to be very interesting. It's about a young girl whose name isn't revealed until deep into the story who lives for 18 long years isolated from other humans on an island. She has the companion of Rontu, her faithful dog and eventually one of his offspring. We go through sorrow after sorrow with our young companion. First, her father is killed, then when she and her tribe are being removed to travel to an unknown location on a large ship, she realizes her young brother has been left behind. She jumps off the ship to be with him. However, he dies after being attacked by wild dogs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the powerful messages about looking after animals. It was a very enjoyable read. Interesting that it was based on a true story.Published 6 months ago by Happy Feet
It is long lasting for it's size and is a story that one keeps in his or her heart. The Island of the Blue Dolphins is a book I suggest.Published 12 months ago by J. Schade-weskott
One of my all time favourite books, I still love it today as much as I did years ago!Published 13 months ago by Ice Princess
My daughter thought it was one of best books she has readPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell is set on an island where a girl is marooned. This book has tragedy and is a survival story about life living on your own. Read morePublished 23 months ago by RAHI JOSEPH
Based on the true story of a 'Red Indian girl who is captured, along with others of her tribe, by white men and taken on board ship. Read morePublished on 20 May 2015 by Mr. D. P. Jay
The Island of the Blue Dolphins is about a young girl named Karana who struggles for survival after Aleut Hunters attacked her village and is abandoned on the island after she... Read morePublished on 19 May 2015 by Rob
As a child, my grade school librarian wore out from me asking to borrow so often. Later, as a private tutor, my students chose this again and again. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2015 by A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com