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.
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.