Island of the Blue Dolphins is a book about an Native American girl who was abandoned on an island. The story starts off when a ship arrives and offers to bring the Native American girl and the villagers to an island that their new chief discovered. Ramo, the brother of the girl, got left... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Island of the Blue Dolphins is a book about an Native American girl who was abandoned on an island. The story starts off when a ship arrives and offers to bring the Native American girl and the villagers to an island that their new chief discovered. Ramo, the brother of the girl, got left behind and was running around while the ship was leaving in a terrible storm. The Native American girl was forced to leave but jumped out of the ship to go save him from all the dangers of the island. Ramo was so happy that his sister stayed but was killed by wild dogs the next day, and the Indian girl was the last one on the Island. Along the way she got to know a lot of animals. One of the animals was a dog was named Rontu who was a wild dog but was tamed by her. She also met some other animals like a hurt baby seal, birds, a red fox and others. One day as she was looking at the ocean she saw a ship. She packed her things, went down to the bay. and men got off the ship and greeted her. She learned that the ship that had all her villagers on it crashed at sea. She was sad but happy to be leaving. She had been on the island for over three years. After leaving, she sailed away happily to the mainland.
“The village of Ghalas-at lay east of the hills on a small mesa, near Coral Cove and a good spring. About a half league to the north is another spring and it was there that the Aleuts put up their tents which were made of skins and were so low to the earth that the men had to crawl into them on their stomachs. At dusk we could see the glow of their fires.”Vivid Imagery
“After that summer, after being friends with Won-a-nee and her young, I never killed another otter. I had an otter cape for my shoulders, which I used until it wore out, but never again did I make a new one. Nor did I ever kill another cormorant for its beautiful feathers, though they have long, think necks and make ugly sounds when they talk to each other. Nor did I kill seals for their sinews, using instead kelp to bind the things that needed it. Nor did I kill another wild dog, nor did I try to spear another sea elephant....for animals and birds are like people, too, though they do not talk the same or do the same things. Without them the earth would be an unhappy place.”
“Everyone in our tribe had two names, the real one which was secret and was seldom used, and one which was common, for if people use your secret name it becomes worn out and loses its magic.”
My brother Ramo was only a little boy half my age, which was twelve.Highlighted by 33 Kindle customers
Everyone in our tribe had two names, the real one which was secret and was seldom used, and one which was common, for if people use your secret name it becomes worn out and loses its magic.Highlighted by 22 Kindle customers
'I am the Chief of Ghalas-at,' he said. 'My name is Chief Chowig.'Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
I REMEMBER the day the Aleut ship came to our island. At first it seemed like a small shell afloat on the sea. Then it grew larger and was a gull with folded wings. At last in the rising sun it became what it really was—a red ship with two red sails.Highlighted by 17 Kindle customers
One, because he was larger, I called Tainor. I named him after a young man I liked who had been killed by the Aleuts. The other was called Lurai, which was a name I wished I had been called instead of Karana.Highlighted by 17 Kindle customers
Won-a-pa-lei, which means The Girl with the Long Black Hair, though my secret name is Karana.Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
'The sea is smooth,' Ramo said. 'It is a flat stone without any scratches.' My brother liked to pretend that one thing was another.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
My sister Ulape, who was two years older than I,Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
'One string of beads for one otter pelt is not our bargain,' my father said.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
Coral Cove. We had gone to gather roots that grow there in the spring.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
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