Friday, April 2, 2010

Island of the blue Dolphins

Title: Island of the blue dolphins (Read it in March)
Author: Scott O'Dell
Pages: 181
Historical Fiction

Basic Rating: 3/5 and a half ( I really liked it)
Plot: 4/5
Setting: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 2/3 and a half (My copy is ok)
My Copy: Yearling Newbery

My Recommendation: For all ages

My Thoughts:
Island of the blue Dolphins is a really good book. Scott O' Dell did a great job writing it. Especially because it is based on a true story, being it is harder to create a real environment and a story following the real events and what could have happend if you don't have very much information. My older sister recommended this book to me about 7 years ago and finally i now read it. I am very happy i read it because i got into it and addicted to it. I should have read it years ago! The story is not long, but it is told in a Way that is not just summarizing a life story. The words are colourful and meaningful. The characters including even the animals are extremely good. The setting and story is emotional, they are both connected. In the beginning with some losses i didn't get too sad but more during the middle and end because i got to see the connection between the characters i felt losses more. Loss and gains are vital parts in this book and the out look of our main characters is both real and heartwarming. Parts in this book made me very sad and others made me very happy. The ending really made me happy and i am glad that at least it ended in that way. This book is great for kids, but i think it is a good read for Young Adults and adults, because it isn't to little kid for us. It's for all ages i think.

Plot: In 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, Native Americans also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Native American 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. Hers is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.


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