Friday, May 25, 2007
More often than not, reading children's lit and writing curricula is a rather tedious business, but it was fun to re-read Island of the Blue Dolphins after nearly 30 years. I enjoyed it as much this second time as I did when I was a wee lad. In fifth grade O'Dell's novel opened my mind to the joys of reading, so I owe him a debt of gratitude. I went from O'Dell to The Hobbit and haven't stopped questing for good books since.
I had no idea that O'Dell based the book on a real island. Nor did I know that he based it loosely on a true story.
[Spoiler Alert] It's still sad when Rontu dies.
It's also fun to note that a book I found tedious as a child
still strikes me as clumsy and uninteresting. I don't get its popularity. I don't like the characters, and the story is boring. Perhaps the others are better?