Book Reviews of Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Author: Scott O'Dell
ISBN-13: 9780440940005
ISBN-10: 0440940001
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 208
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 204 ratings
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Book Type: Paperback
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A wonderful tale of self-reliance and survival. I read this book in elementary school and it's one of those stories that has stayed with me all these years. It's a great story for youngsters especially girls.
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Read it with my mom when younger. Great book!
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I have been an avid reader since I was small. This is one of the first books that I feel in love with. I still pick it up and read all these years later.
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Read this MANY years ago and loved it. Great story for boys or girls 8-12.
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Island Of the Blue Dolphins makes good reading for people of all ages. Scott Odell truly captured the essence of life, survival and what's important.
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I enjoyed Island of the Blue Dolphins, but it was a little hard to get into. Don't give up though because the rest was great!Some parts might be scary for kids 8 and under. One thing thats cool is it's based on a true story.
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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 watercolor paintings by Ted Lewin,
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Read the whole book without realizing it was a true story. Was a very interesting read, and enjoyed it a lot. Wish she could have communicated better with her rescuers so her story would have been more complete.
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Family, Young Adult, Horror, Drama, Realistic Fiction
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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
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A wonderful book that I remember from years back!
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A great award-winning classic.
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My book is much older with a differnt cover but just as good of a read.
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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 a shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting the enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.