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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Island of the Blue Dolphins Book Review
After a while, Karana makes a good place for herself. She builds a strong home, surrounded by a fence made of whale bones and even furbishes a nearby cave with food in case the Aleuts ever come back, so she can hide from them. As she explores 'her' island, Karana discovers ancient artifacts left by people long ago. She also tames birds and otters; she is no longer lonely and is happy with her animal friends.
One summer, the Aleuts return, and she hides in the cave. She spies on them, and sees that there is a girl, Tutok, with them, who cooks for them,often getting water from the pool near Karana's cave. Despite Karana's fears, she and Tutok meet and befriend each other. They give little gifts to each other and learn the other's language. When they leave,Karana realizes how lonely she has been without other people.
More time goes by, and Rontu dies. She finds his son, however and takes him in, naming him Rontu-Aru (Son of Rontu). One day, she sees the sails of a ship. It docks, but it then leaves after calling out something. She wonders if they were looking for her. A few years later, in the spring, the boat comes back, so she dresses up in her best skirt of cormorant feathers and goes to the shore to meet them.The sailors realize her attire will not be appropriate for the mainland, and they have a dress made for her. Although she does not like it, she cooperates, bringing Rontu-Aru with her to start her new life in civilization. The book is based on a true story, and while it seems like it might be sad, it isn't, for Karana is not often lonely, busy taming animals and building structures. While I was on google looking for a picture of the book, I discovered there is an Island of the Blue Dolphins movie! I'll have to ask Mom and Dad if we can get it. Have you ever read Island of the Blue Dolphins?