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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
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Feb 09, 11

bookshelves: childrens, historical-fiction, read-with-class, saw-the-movie
Read in February, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Island of the Blue Dolphins is a great book about facing difficult challenges, solving problems, and never giving up. Karana, the main character learned and grew tremendously through her experience alone on the island. She had to make a tough decision to go against her tribe's beliefs when she built weapons to defend herself. She faced the danger of wild dogs wanting to attack her. Throughout the story she had to plan carefully and work hard to make sure she had enough food to eat during each season of the year. Through a perilous bout with a devilfish, she learned that she should not invite more problems than she already had. The possibility of the evil Aleuts coming back was always on her mind. Through these trials and challenges, she learned to solve problems, work hard, and never give up.

These are some great lessons for children to learn today. The challenges our children face aren't so life-threatening and the outlook isn't so bleak. However, like Karana, they must learn to face the challenges boldly, solve their own problems, and believe they can make it through. Karana showed self discipline in preparing for her winters and possible attacks. Our children can do the same in preparing for their futures. There are many things we can take from the story of Karana on the Island of the Blue dolphins. It's a truly remarkable story.
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