Short book, able to get through it in one sitting and share it with my children.
A story for the whole family.
The story is easy to follow and interesting.
the girl / main character
Not really...it was pretty easy to start and stop without thinking about it.
The only complaint I have is the cheesy music in the background.
Both are great.
Nice pacing, simple to follow, unfolds well and gets your kids to slow down and listen.
Retired aircraft systems engineer. Teach math (trig and calculus) part time at the local college. Love aircraft, reading, and horses. BS from New Mexico State, MS from Ohio State.
The reader is very dry and reads in a very monotone voice. It should be like a story being told rather than a book being read.
Amazing story to think that any one would be able to survive the wilds and lonliness of such a plight.
This is a classic book I read as a child and I wanted my children to hear it. The performance by Tantoo Cardinal made it even more real. Her accent was wonderful and added richness to the story. My kids begged to listen to it every morning on the way to school.
The reader's voice and way of speaking matched perfectly with the story--her unperturbed, deliberate style of reading as well as the hint of Native American quality in her speaking manner blended well in my mind, and it was easy for me to imagine Karana herself telling this story. There is some music at the beginning and ends of the chapters, as well as during exciting or moving scenes. I didn't like this as much as I enjoyed Tantoo Cardinal's voice, but it meshed well into an overall beautiful experience.
I have always loved this story of the survival, courage, adventure, and independence of a young girl alone on the island. It excites the imagination and somehow reaches deep inside me, giving me much to think about. I listened to this story (which, as a child, I had read many times) with my ten-year-old daughter. It was wonderful to share it with her.
I liked the little musical pauses between chapters. Some went a little too long, but it was fine.
Karana's courage and self-reliance. Awesome!
I liked listening to Tantoo Cardinal's interpretation on how she pronounced the Ghalas-at words. I also found it amusing that she pronounced 'shone' as sounding like 'sh-aw-n' and not 'sh-owe-n'. I think it has something to do with European vs. American language.
Not sure. My 12-yr-old thinks that it should be, "Be cautious when choosing your friends". Of course she wasn't really paying attention fully and would have realized that Chief Chowig told his people NOT to befriend the Aleuts. So my tag line would be, "You should've known better" or something like that.