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Island of the Blue Dolphins

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in Island of the Blue Dolphins and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"The Dolphin Walking Stick" by Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez
(from The Sound of Rattles and Clappers, © 1994)
Summary: The myth retold in this poem explains why the Chumash people feel a kinship to dolphins.

Excerpt from The World of the Sea Otter by Stefani Paine, ©1993)
Summary: In this nonfiction excerpt, a marine biologist describes in fascinating detail how sea otters collect and eat food.

"The Ice-Hearts" by Joseph Bruchac
(from Turtle Meat and Other Stories, ©1992)
Summary: In this short story, an Iroquois village is brutally attacked, and the people must decide what to do with two of the captured invaders.

"Courage" by Dudley Randall
(from More to Remember)
Summary: This poem suggests that there are different degrees of courage-one not so obvious.

Excerpt from The Girl with the White Flag by Tomiko Higa,
© 1991)
Summary:The writer of this memoir recalls surviving on her own as a child in war-torn Okinawa.

"Staying Alive" by David Wagoner
(from Collected Poems, 1956-1976, © 1976)
Summary: "Staying alive in the woods is a matter of calming down," advises the speaker in this poem.

"Change" by Charlotte Zolotow
(from River Wending, © 1970)
Summary: In this poem, the change of seasons seems constant compared to the change within the speaker.