Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins #1)
Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches.
Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adv...more
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It starts of great this story of a Chumash (local natives to the Santa Barbara, California area) tribe taken by surprise by fur hunters and then taken from their island, accidentally leaving behind a brother and a sister. There is sorrow a'plenty. The tale trots along, ev ...more
But I SWORE BY Scott O'Dell when I was 10-12 years old, and I think that's what mattered. The girls in the books spoke to me, and they were written for me then, not for the me that is now.
I will buy his books for my younger cousins, and hope they get the sense of self and adventure that these short novels offer.
It is such a simply but perfectly told story, and I've never lost my sense of awe about this character, a resourceful Gha ...more
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It's about a girl a girl who is left on an island and she has to survive by herself. She makes her own weapons and she makes her own house that she makes with whale ribs for a fence. They used seaweed to tie the whale ribs together. That was my favorite part. I liked the ending, even though there were sad parts.
From my 6 year old:
I liked about how she made weapons. I l ...more
Dĩ nhiên Scott O'dell có những giả thuyết của riêng mình, và ông đã viết nên một câu chuyện cảm động về một cô gái kiên cường. Cuốn sách này dành cho trẻ em thì quá xá đỉnh, vì không chỉ học được sự dũng cảm, tình yêu, bí quyết sống sót trên hoang đảo mà còn học được bao điều về thiên nhiên tươi đẹp, về những loài động ...more
I haven't read this since I was a child. I didn't get much out of it then. It's a beautiful book, but seemed frighteningly somber to me. Also, I was (and kind of still am) all about dialogue, and the main character, Karana, spends several years completely alone on an island. So I respected this book, but didn't feel any urge to reread it as a kid.
I reread it as an adult because I've been reading James Loewen's Lies My Teacher T ...more
The central idea of this story is it takes hard work to survive on an island. Karana goes out everyday at dawn and returns at sunset. That is a very long time to be out and working. She has ...more
Imagine being completely alone on an island for 18 years. The story is based on a real person and there was documentation about the time that she lived there all alone, until she was taken to the Mission at Santa Barbara, in California. Mr. O'Dell told a v ...more
This was a pretty good read so def check this one out. It is available at your local library and wherever books are sold.
During this novel, the tribe is visited by foreigners who wish to hunt the ot ...more
After Karana and her brother got left behind something happened! Karana Survived on her own by making weapons. She kept pets so she was ...more
The story is about a girl, who lived on an island, alone, for 18 years. And this book is about her.
Her story told by the author Scott O'Dell in a very clumsy way. Really the writing is so tedious that I spent 2 weeks to complete it. And now I am disappointed, angry and sad.
A story of a girl, who spent best part of her life (youth) being alone on an ...more
After we read that last page, she said it was a great book, except she felt sad for Rontu. And she's right on both counts; after all these years, Island of the Blue Dolphins is still an important milestone in one's growth as a life-time reader, maybe even a must-read for young girls, and boyoboy is it sad, especially if you love dogs. And what decent person doesn't love dogs?
When I w ...more
Since the author named her as "The Lost Woman of San Nicolas" I did a search to learn more about this fasci ...more
It's a short first person read that draws in the reader and gives one an idea what it really might have been like to l ...more
I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins. It is the story of a young woman living completely alone on an island. The loneliness underlies the adventure and although a lot happens the general feel is quite slow and reflective. Kindof sad but really empowering.
I will for sure be pushing this o ...more
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Ulape would have laughed at me, and other would have laughed, too -- my father most of all. Yet this is the way I felt about the animals who had become my friends and those who were not, bu in time could be. If Ulape and my father had come back and laughed, and all the other had come back and laughed, still I would have felt the same way, for animals and birds are like people, too, though they do no talk the same or do the same things. Without them the earth would be an unhappy place.”