The Island of the Blue Dolphins is not the story of a foolish young girl who misses the boat when her island is being evacuated. Far from it. Karana was on the boat. But her playful little brother, Ramo, wasn’t. He is only 6 years old. She jumps off the boat and heads to shore to save him. The boat leaves.
What follows is the gripping story of young Karana, who survives by herself for eighteen years on a deserted island off the California coast.
I first discovered The Island of the Blue Dolphins when my 5th grade teacher read it out loud to the class. I was mesmerized. It was a tale of survival, much like the Swiss Family Robinson (I had recently seen the movie and loved it!). I enjoyed imagining myself stranded on an island, a wolf as my best friend. It seemed exotic and exciting. It’s a simple tale full of joy, sadness, adventure, and love (no romantic love).