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Island of the Blue Dolphins

The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme of Courage and Survival and other themes related to Island of the Blue Dolphins:

Masterson, David. Get out of My Face! New York: Atheneum, 1991. Kate and her stepbrother must survive a dangerous wilderness journey. (easy)

Moeri, Louise. Save Queen of Sheba. New York: Puffin, 1994. After miraculously surviving a Sioux Indian raid on the trail to Oregon, a brother and sister set out with few provisions to find the rest of the settlers. (average)

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. On the way to visit his father, thirteen year-old Brian spends 45 days in the wilderness learning to survive after a plane crash-with only a hatchet his mother gave him as a going-away gift. (average)

Spinka, Penina Keen. Mother's Blessing. New York: Atheneum, 1992. In about the year 1000, a gifted Chumash girl goes on a quest and becomes a leader of her people. (average)

Muller, Bruce W. Chumash: A Picture of Their World. Los Osos, CA: Sand River Press, 1988. This book details much of the Chumash way of life, including the making of canoes and tools for hunting and fishing. (challenge)

Neimark, Paul. Survival. Chicago: Children's Press, 1981. A guide for surviving in the wilderness, this book includes such topics as signaling for help, locating drinking water and shelter, protecting against wind, rain, and animals, and treating injuries. (average)