Year after year, Karana waited for a ship to come for her. But while she waited, she fought for her very survival, building a shelter, hunting for food, making weapons to stave off her enemies, the wild dogs who took her brother. Scott O'Dell's timeless classic about an unusual adventure of survival is also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery that touches everyone who hears Karana's unforgettable story.
©1960 Scott O'Dell; (P)1995 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
I believe this will be a longtime favorite for me and my girls, ages 9,7,and 4. We all love a theme which combines history, culture, and a unique story line. This has it all. The narrators voice (likely a native american) adds to the visualization of the island. Highly recommend it!
A very well written and exceptionally well read story. The theme of being alone, an only survivor, is one that is often considered and in this context, which seems very plausable, core feeings are dealt with: fear, loneliness, companionship and joy, making the story close to the reader and possible to identify with her. We didn't want it to end but so it had to be... It's a great listen!
I've read the book at school, and I bought the audiobook on iTunes after, and I absolutely loved the book. The audiobook, brings the book alive, I absolutley love the person who plays Karana, she did very well :D Super well written, I've still got to say, if you buy it, buy the book or go to the library. I love how O'Dell adds in the Wild dogs. I remember though it saying that they were wolves?? but i guess they were dogs... i think his name was.. Fox Eyes? I don't remember the dogs name. But I cried when he died.
Amazing. Must buy if you like dogs, stories about girls, pirates (kinda), and if you like stranded island kind of stories.
I read this years ago in elementary school and remember enjoying it so much. I thought I'd pick it up for a trip I was going on since the length was right and I remembered it fondly.
I enjoyed hearing the story again as I'd forgotten most of the major points and the side plots. I thought that the narration was weak and the music during the dramatic moments was nauseating. I did get over this and it's not so rampent as to ruin the whole experience.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
This is one of my all time favorite stories. I remembering reading it when I was young. It had such an impression on me I wanted to revisit it 20 years later. It's an adventure story of a 12 year old girl left alone on an island. She deals with loneliness and finds the strength and courage she needs to survive. Tantoo Cardnial was the perfect voice for this story. It's a true classic worthy of the Newbery Medal. A must read/listen for all ages.
I have highly enjoyed this novel. However, the reader went a bit fast for me to follow. I recommend this book. This really helped me finish this book for my report on time.
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.
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