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.
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Well, this was a blast from the past! I remember reading this (probably several times) during grade 5 or 6, maybe both. Funny what I remember from those childhood readings—my take away from it was that girls could do whatever they needed to and just as well as anyone else.
Looking at it now through adult eyes, I see a lot more of what the author was trying to do. His wildlife conservation message is “thump you on the head” obvious to me now. I can also admire how he took a historical fact (an Indian woman who had lived alone on a small island off the coast of California for 18 years) and filled in quite believable adventures for her to experience.
I can see where nature-loving mini-me would have been captivated by her taming of wild dogs, Western Tanagers and sea otters. Being a child with no playmates of my own age living close by our farm, I also spent a lot of time adventuring alone and could relate to her solitude.
For me, this one stood the test of time.
Another great book for a fifth grade class, this story of a girl's isolation and strife living alone on an island is simply amazing! A book about survival, isolation, and patience would be a really wonderful text for a class to dive into and discuss. I think a fifth grade teacher could have students divide into small groups to talk about the story and journal about how they would react/feel if they were left alone on an island and had to work for survival. The teacher could give students specific prompts on what to write or certain passages to focus on in their journals about the story. A tale that will really inspire students, this story is great for discussing, writing, and inspiring!
Newbery Medal winner
Karana is an Indian girl that lives on an island that is shaped like a dolphin when you see it from above. She lives there with her family and tribe until one day a ship comes and tries to take over the island in order to hunt sea otter. The men on the ship capture and kill the village leaving Karana by herself on the island. Karana lives alone for many years until one day she finds she is no longer alone on the island. This novel incorporates a lot of survival skills and Native American women's history that could be incorporated into a lesson about people from other places moving Native Americans out of their homeland.
The book island of the blue dolphins by Scott O dell is about a girl named Karana and her brother Ramo are left behind on the island. What had happen was the village was being threatened by the Aleuts .The Aleuts and the village had a war and many people died.So did Karana's and Ramo's dad died which was the chief so they were all alone.When the war was over the villagers left because they thought the Aleuts will come back.But when they left Karana and Ramo behind with no water food supply.For the most part they searched around the island and they survived out of nature.
This story connected to me because if i ever need something and cant find it . I will depend on nature. An example of this is the time when my mom went to my aunts house and didn't leave us any food . So me and my sisters went to the kitchen and ate pre made food . This is connected to the story because i depended on other things when i cant get something.
I would recommend this book to people that like to read .This book would teach them how to be dependent and responsible .People that like to learn about different cultures would like this book because the book shares about Indian lives and how their environment is.