Island of the Blue Dolphins Context

Island of the Blue Dolphins Context

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

This book is considered one of the best children’s books ever written and there is a reason for it. It is historical fiction, based on life of a real Lone Woman whom the author named Karana in the book. The vivid depiction of the wild nature of the Island of the Blue Dolphins Karana lives on, invites the readers to explore the story of this island and Karana’s lost tribe.

Once upon a time the Island of the Blue Dolphins was as beautiful as it is now, but one thing was different - there were people living on it happily. Their happiness didn’t last forever, though - one day they had to leave the island for good. Only one girl - little Karana - was left on the now deserted island with dolphins as her only new friends and wild dogs as her sworn enemies. Every day she comes to the shore waiting for the ship to take her to her family and their new home.

Karana’s story isn’t only the story of survival, adventure and endurance. Of course, the girl has to fight for her life with the loneliness and the nature itself, but the main point of the story is still her personality that blooms under such an unusual circumstances. Karana’s native culture is so much different from the one we know that her experience can seem too strange for us at first, but while the story progresses, we start to understand her and learn from her. Even in the direst of situations Karana’s story is one full of beauty of the outer world and her own personality. It is the tale of self-discovery, unity with nature and the most natural thing possible - the desire to live, to belong to something bigger than oneself and to be happy, no matter how hopeless the current circumstances are.

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