In the Pacific, there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea birds abound. Karana is the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Hers is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.
Winner of the Newbery Medal
"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 watercolor 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."