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Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O'Dell

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| Paperback | 9780140302684

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Scott O'Dell won the Newbery Medal for Island of the Blue Dolphins in 1961, and in 1976 the Children's Literature Association named this riveting story one of the 10 best American children's books of the past 200 years. O'Dell was inspired Continue

Scott O'Dell won the Newbery Medal for Island of the Blue Dolphins in 1961, and in 1976 the Children's Literature Association named this riveting story one of the 10 best American children's books of the past 200 years. O'Dell was inspired by the real-life story of a 12-year-old American Indian girl, Karana. The author based his book on the life of this remarkable young woman who, during the evacuation of Ghalas-at (an island off the coast of California), jumped ship to stay with her young brother who had been abandoned on the island. He died shortly thereafter, and Karana fended for herself on the island for 18 years.

O'Dell tells the miraculous story of how Karana forages on land and in the ocean, clothes herself (in a green-cormorant skirt and an otter cape on special occasions), and secures shelter. Perhaps even more startlingly, she finds strength and serenity living alone on the island. This beautiful edition of Island of the Blue Dolphins is enriched with 12 full-page watercolour paintings by Ted Lewin, illustrator of more than 100 children's books, including Ali, Child of the Desert. A gripping story of battling wild dogs and sea elephants, this simply told, suspenseful tale of survival is also an uplifting adventure of the spirit.

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    Island of the Blue Dolphins如同作者Scott O'Dell所說:
    Many of my books are set in the past, but the problems of isolation,
    moral decisions, greed, need for love and problems of today as well.

    書中的女主角Karana, an Indian girl,因為種種的境遇,
    一個人留在島嶼上過了十幾年, ...(continue)

    Island of the Blue Dolphins如同作者Scott O'Dell所說:
    Many of my books are set in the past, but the problems of isolation,
    moral decisions, greed, need for love and problems of today as well.

    書中的女主角Karana, an Indian girl,因為種種的境遇,
    一個人留在島嶼上過了十幾年,
    因此書中許多篇幅描述她如何利用自然的資源生存。
    她與動物的互動讓她感悟到:
    Animals and birds are like people, too,
    though they do not speak the same or do the same things.
    Without them the earth would be an unhappy place.
    最後她在白人的協助下離開她的島嶼,
    因為她說:
    I thought of many things,
    but stronger was the wish to be where people lived,
    to hear their voices and their laughter.
    書中最讓我驚訝的長期與大自然為伍的
    Karana是如此堅毅、能吃苦、而有耐心。
    手是如此靈巧!
    她與動物的和諧相處,
    也讓自己有寧靜的心,
    展現生命動人的篇章。
    其實這本書中還有許多有待深思的問題,
    小說的佈局及故事的發展,
    仍需要我多思考及比較,
    看似簡單的小說,
    其實深具意義!

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    Anniechan66 said on Mar 6, 2010 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    I purchased this book at a book fair in elementary school. It was one of my favorite books as a young girl and have read it several times - which is something I RARELY do with books. I can't think of another book I've purposely read more than once (a ...(continue)

    I purchased this book at a book fair in elementary school. It was one of my favorite books as a young girl and have read it several times - which is something I RARELY do with books. I can't think of another book I've purposely read more than once (as of 1/2008). There is such a surreal quality about the story that really sets the visual fantasy mind of mine at work.

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    karattack said on Jan 4, 2008 | Add your feedback

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