The first time I read this book I couldn’t put it down I read it until 3 o'clock in the morning. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell is about the amazing strength of the human spirit. No other story has inspired me as much as Karana’s did. It won the Newberry Medal Award in 1960, the same year it was published. To this day, Karana’s strength and spirit still lives in my heart to inspire me.
At the end of the book is a note by Scott O’ Dell that Karana's life is based on the true story of The Lost Woman of San Nicolas who actually lived alone for 17 years (1835 – 1853) on the island of San Nicolas 75 miles southwest of Los Angeles until she was found, dressed in a skirt of green cormorant feathers. Today she is buried on a hill near the Santa Barbara Mission and her green cormorant skirt feathers was sent to Rome.
|Sample illustrations from my copy of the illustrated edition|
If you’re planning to get a copy I recommend the illustrated hardcover color edition, one to keep for life.
|Map of San Nicolas Island in California|