April 8, 2010

Book Review: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Island of the Blue DolphinsIsland of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

We recently listened to Island of the Blue Dolphins on CD (read by Tantoo Cardinal). I liked this book as a child, but couldn't remember much about it. The story captivated me and the kids.

Karana's father and many of the villagers on the island are betrayed by a hunting company and killed. After this incident, there are many more women on the island than men. The women take over some of the jobs of the men, but then contention sets in. They decide to leave the island.

When the ship is leaving with the villagers, Karana sees that her brother is still on the island. She jumps out of the boat to be with her brother. Unfortunately, her brother does not live long, and Karana is left alone on the island for several years, with only animals for companions.

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a tale of survival, friendship, and adventure. Karana is a powerful female character, who is brave and determined.

As mentioned, there are many deaths in this book, including that of a beloved dog. The book may not be appropriate for sensitive readers.

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5 comments - Add a comment below -:

legendswife said...

I read this book in fifth grade and it had a BIG impact on me. Life and death truly came into a clearer perspective after reading this book. Thanks for posting this:) I definitely would recommend this book for children ten and up.

God Bless

Notebooking Nook said...

I just added a free file at CurrClick this morning with mini-books and notebooking pages to compliment this book.

http://www.currclick.com/product_info.php?products_id=36482&it=1

This is an wonderful book!

Dana ♥ said...

Thanks Betsy! That's very generous of you! ☺

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it! However, I would wait until they are around 12 or so. There's so many other good classic books for younger kids, and this one is so violent and can, (and should be), disturbing for tender little hearts. But for older kids and teens, I think it's a wonderful read. :)

Sarah

MissMOE said...

Wanted to let readers know that the grave of the main character of this book is at the Santa Barbara Mission. My girls loved visiting that site as well as enjoying an exhibit showing what she left the island with.