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An Alternate Cover Edition Can Be Found HereIn The Pacific There Is An Island That Looks Like A Big Fish Sunning Itself In The Sea Around It, Blue Dolphins Swim, Otters Play, And Sea Elephants And Sea Birds Abound Once, Indians Also Lived On The Island And When They Left And Sailed To The East, One Young Girl Was Left BehindThis Is The Story Of Karana, The Indian Girl Who Lived Alone For Years On The Island Of The Blue Dolphins Year After Year, She Watched One Season Pass Into Another And Waited For A Ship To Take Her Away But While She Waited, She Kept Herself Alive By Building Shelter, Making Weapons, Finding Food, And Fighting Her Enemies, The Wild Dogs It Is Not Only An Unusual Adventure Of Survival, But Also A Tale Of Natural Beauty And Personal Discovery You know a book will stay with you forever when you reread it after probably 20 years and still hear your elementary school librarian s voice in your head as you read it. this may be the best book for kids ever written it teaches young girls everything they will ever need to know in their resourceful lives how to build a fence out of whale bones, how to kill giant squids, how to alternately befriend and defend against scary wild dogs, and how to make skirts from cormorant feathers since i got kicked out of brownies and never got to learn All The Things That Girl Scouts Learn, this book taught me how to wilderness survive and now i live in queens so not much use for it, but still a book i have such a fondness for and i have an old copy, too, where they used to make the page ends colored mine is green i need to read this again and find out why montambo doesnt like itcome to my blog It was only when I finished reading the book did I get to know that it was based on a true story The sequel might be worth reading too.Such tragedy followed by sweet tales worthy of Mowgli, but what indubitably would have been a life of work and loneliness I thought that since the beginning the author wanted to share his story with people of all ages, and it shows.Karana was a transparent character, by which I mean we know all her thoughts Yet we don t know her reasons for her acts of mercy towards the animals on the island We do get an explanation, but still the adventures of a survivor lend themselves to tragedy, loneliness and instinct. When my defiant preteen daughter stands before me in great protest to any one of my many actions or words, she often resembles Disney s Pocahontas She has tan skin and black hair that touches her waist and dark eyes that are kept busy with a vigilant observance of the world s injustices and her mother s shortcomings If she s not on horseback, then she s standing before you, holding a cat or a small rodent or a dog Or a strange, stuffed chinchilla.So, when this middle child of mine received the Island of the Blue Dolphins for Christmas, I thought how perfect How perfect for her She s just shy of 10, and so ready to think herself capable of being away from adults and alone on an island, stringing beads for necklaces and communing with wild dogs.And that s about all I remembered from this 6th grade read of mine a girl, stranded alone on an island Wild dogs Abalone Whatever in the hell I thought that was in middle school I m quite sure I didn t look it up in a dictionary Yes, we used to have things in classrooms called dictionaries Okay, so, stranded island girl, wild dogs, abalone yes, they were all there, waiting to greet me again at my return, but I had forgotten something better this book s ability to provoke some thoughtful conversations.See, this story s not so strong on character development or dialogue does anyone even speak , but our island girl, Karana, is faced with many predicaments Karana s story provides many opportunities to turn to an interested tween and ask with ease, What would you do My daughter was absolutely riveted by the story, from beginning to end, and the most beautiful part for me, in this read aloud was when the lonely Karana ends up being ushered home by a school of dolphins a swarm of dolphins appeared They came swimming out of the west, but as they saw the canoe they turned around in a great circle and began to follow me They swam up slowly and so close that I could see their eyes, which are large and the color of the ocean Then they swam on ahead of the canoe, crossing back and forth in front of it, diving in and out, as if they were weaving a piece of cloth with their broad snouts.Dolphins are animals of good omen It made me happy to have them swimming around the canoe, and though my hands had begun to bleed from the chafing of the paddle, just watching them made me forget the pain I was very lonely before they appeared, but now I felt that I had friends with me and did not feel the same.My daughter sat up after this passage, and, with tears in her eyes, announced, Mommy It was the ancestors The ancestors sent those dolphins to Karana in her darkest moment, to bring her joy And that s what animals, do, Mommy, they bring us joy And, by the story s end, Karana feels the same way, when she makes the decision to stop killing animals for their hides, feathers and teeth The island girl realizes that the animals have been her sole companions on this long stretch of isolation and decides that animals and birds are like people, too, though they do not talk the same or do the same things Without them the earth would be an unhappy place It is a simple story, with very little action or dialogue, but a whole lot of deep thinks and feels for those tricky preteens.