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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 (342 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Story. Jan. 5 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is exciting and well written. I read it when I was young and bought it for my granddaughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 12 2010
I ordered the book Island of the Blue Dolphins because I had read it in school 25 years ago, and loved it. The book I bought was supposed to be good used, but I got a book that looks brand new. It was a pleasure to read the book again, and I thank Amazon for the wonderful service and the great product. Again Thank-you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mmeeh. June 3 2007
By kaydie
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. .like when she was in the canoe and it was leaking etc. it's still a very good book, it's so sad and wonderful. our teacher told us that this book was based off real experiences, that a girl realllly did survive 18 years on an island by herself. that's what makes it so interesting! some may have not known this, so with this in mind, read the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic April 29 2006
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. Having to keep positive and refusing to give in. This novel is good for any reader, young and mature alike. An easy read, but well worth the inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the book which got many -many prizes Oct. 4 2005
By Elena
Format:School & Library Binding
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. This book also has Newbery Medal, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. This book was translated into many languages and was published in many counties, in cultures as different as Iran and Israel, Brazil and Bulgaria, China and Czechoslovakia.
This book is good for 10-14 y.o., an exciting story with lots of adventures.
This story based on the true event, when the young girl was left upon an island near the coast of Southern California. She lived there alone for 18 years.
Author also writes The King's Fifth , Sing down the moon and etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Perfect July 7 2004
By A Customer
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. It literally ends right in the middle of the book. Nothing is explained and it really doesn't make sense. That is why I give this book 3 stars.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Karana Overcomes Adversity June 11 2004
When her tribe is moved from their home island, Karana stays behind with her little brother. After he is killed, Karana faces 18 lonely years alone on the island. Based on a true story, it shows the courage to survive in the face of incredible odds and the strength of the human spirit. Karana is seen again in Scott O'Dell's book ZIA, where the lonely woman is reunited with her niece. Great reading at any age. One of my absolute favorites.
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