Independence, Adventure, Courage, Mythology, Culture, Feminism
Karana - for her strength
When she made friends with the dog
This is a great story. I was introduced to this story in 5th grade. My teacher Mrs Hill would read to us everyday. I fell in love with the story and read the book at least 10 times. Listening to the story brought back memories of lazy days in the sun and of how Mrs Hill opened me up to world of books and fostered my love of reading.
Being a fourth grade teacher in California, reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with my class is a tradition. Being able to listen to it on tape and follow along with a book, the children get a lot out of the story. As long as I am a fourth grade teacher, I will be listening to Island of the Blue Dolphins. It is the best of classic children's literature based on California's history.
There are so many memorable moments in the story, but I think the most memorable is when Karana jumps off the boat in stormy seas and swims back to the island to be with her brother who was left behind.
I have not listened to any of Tantoo's other performances, but I have seen her in movies such as Dances with Wolves and Legends of the Fall. Two iconic movies that I have watched more than once, and plan on seeing again!
Stranded on a deserted island for 18 years, a young Indian girl shows us how to survive.
This book is a must read for all Californians, young and old.