Book Review: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Review by Emily
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 is appropriate for all ages, but may not be ideal for sensitive readers.