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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Celia Milius , Larry Domasin , James B. Clark    VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a children's book June 17 2004
By A Customer
This book tells the story of a girl who gets stuck on her island after all the rest of her tribe leaves on a boat, and follows her survival as she has to live on her own for many years.
Like most people I know, I was forced to read this book as a 4th grader, because it takes place in the Channel Islands and therefore relates to California history. I'm really not exaggerating when I say that everyone hated it. When we had to read it aloud in class, our table would deface our copies. I lost my copy, had to borrow it from an older neighbor -- she too had defaced hers. People seriously hated this book. I would constantly complain to my mom that a "a book about a bored girl who does nothing, has to be boring!"
Now, I haven't reread it since then, but I've been told by people who did that they were surprised and really liked it. So I think the problem is that it is marketed as a children's book, but can't really be appreciated by a 9-year-old. A more appropriate lower age limit would be around 12, maybe 11. Nothing much really happens in this book, except for a girl dealing with some survival aspects, but mostly absolute loneliness, and I think that's hard to think about and relate to for a kid.
I read pretty much as much as I could in elementary school, and the only two books I really hated were this one and Julie of the Wolves (which was actually much much much worse, becaue not only it boring, but it was also not very well-written and had some very random plot turns toward the end. But, since hearing from people that it is much better a few years later, I'll give it three stars. But if you're thinking of giving it to someone, or suggesting it, I'd wait until middle school.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karana's Isolation April 1 2004
Imagine being all alone with no one to talk to and no knowledge of how to survive. In Scott O'Dell's book, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Karana is a young girl who loses her father to the Aleuts, white men, in a plot of deceit to cheat their people, and loses her brother Ramo to mad dogs. She is stranded on her island for 18 years until her people finally return for her. While on the island, she must overcome loneliness and live a survival adventure while maturing at the same time. This island called Coral Cove in the Virgin Island inhabits many creatures that Karana befriends and their friendship help her to survive.

This book is about Karana's adaptation to her surroundings and how she fends for herself. She makes new friends and grows up in the process. Many challenges come her way and she overpowers each one with an unsurmountable bravery. This book is exciting and a great lesson in life. I would recommend this book to students and educators for those who need the message and encouragement to never give up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Island of the Blue Dolphins March 12 2004
By M. Jen
Island of the Blue Dolphins a great book and I enjoyed reading it a lot. It is about a girl named Karana and she is abandoned on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Her tribe has left her from a terrible storm accident. They promised to come back, but for many years, Karana has waited for their return, which has never come. While trying to find refuge on the island, many tragedies come upon Karana. Her brother is attacked and killed by a pack of wolves, leaving Karana all by herself. The wolves soon become her friends though. Everyday, Karana has to struggle to fine food, shelter, and other important necessities of life in order to survive. In the end, Karana makes many animal friends and survives. However, there are other many suprises in this story.
The part I liked about the book was the determination that Karana had when she was alone on the island. I liked how she made her animal friends and how she made her weapons. I also liked how she used very smart and intelligent techniques that helped her survive. Those were the things I enjoyed about the book, The Island of the Blue Dolphins.
The parts i disliked about the book was when Karana made an Aleut friend named Tutok. It wasn't really that part, it was the part when she had to leave, leaving Karana alone once again. This is what Karana thinks when she found out that Tutok had left. "I often thought of Tutok, but on these days especially I would look off into the north and wish that she was here to see me." I also dont like the part when Karana gets so sad that she wished she never met Tutok. "If only I had not remembered Tutok." That part, in my opinion, was one of the saddest parts in the book.
There are many parts that I enjoyed in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Kind of Book Feb. 2 2004
By A Customer
Do you like action,fear,drama?? If so then Island of the Blue dolphins is the book for you. This book taught me alot about life.As an Eighth Grader at St. Bede school I know how Karana felt when she was stranded with her brother on an Island. I have also lost a loved one so I know how she felt when she lost her brother. Lonley. She had no one to talk to and it has been proven that being alone too long can lead you to insanity. But because Karana was smart she mad friends with animals on the island and she did not go insane.
Above all this book taught me about courage. When Karana was alone she could not just sit there and wait for the day her ship returned. She got up and created a life on the island she even disobeyed the laws of her tribe that stated no women shall do a mans job. She was brave to do that because the gods were watching her and to break her tribes rules was to break the god rules.
This book was an amazing book with many rules so I advise any pre teen/ teen to read it maybe you'll learn something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite book EVER!!!
I'm in grade 6 and I've read this book 3 times and it's my favourite book in the whole world!!!
Published 3 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Story.
This book is exciting and well written. I read it when I was young and bought it for my granddaughter.
Published 20 months ago by Belle Unruh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I ordered the book Island of the Blue Dolphins because I had read it in school 25 years ago, and loved it. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2010 by mattinson
3.0 out of 5 stars good story
This was a good story but for me I found it too descriptive at times. My daughter liked it. I just got bored and found myself thinking of other things.
Published on April 8 2009 by B. Cavener
4.0 out of 5 stars mmeeh.
why do other people think the book is so 'dull' ? the book is just paying really close to detail because it was written very nicely, which is why most parts of it are very long. Read more
Published on June 3 2007 by kaydie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I read this book in grade school over ten years ago, and to this day, I cherish it. The assignment was "Survival" and Island is the perfect portrayal. Read more
Published on April 29 2006 by ,Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars the book which got many -many prizes
I like this novel very much. I must say that this book was a "winner" of the most famous awards in children literature and got Andersen' gold medal. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2005 by Elena
1.0 out of 5 stars blech!
This book is the most boring thing I have ever read. My mom said it was such a wonderful book, and it's one of her favorites. But, goodness, it is drivel. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2004 by candy
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Dull!
My daughter had to read this book this year in the 4th grade. She was so bored by it, that I had to read it aloud to her so that she could pass the weekly chapter quizes. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Perfect
I read Island of the Blue Dolphins for a required reading book. The book is really good and exciting most of the time, but the end is really bad. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
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