Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Published: Sept. 9, 1960 (originally)
Grade Levels: 2-5
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 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.
As a young teen, this was one of my all-time favorite books. I read and re-read it. So when I was homeschooling my 6th-grade daughter, you can bet we read it. Much to my delight, she enjoyed it almost as much as I did. It takes place on an island off the coast of Southern CA with a young girl left to her own devices (due to a variety of circumstances). She has some animals to keep her company, some scary run-ins and is a great example of human ingenuity. I highly recommend this book (of course Scott O'Dell doesn't write much I wouldn't recommend :))
I purchased this book for my daughter to read and chose to leave this review. All opinions are my own.
About Scott O'Dell
Scott O'Dell (1898-1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.
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