Island of the Blue Dolphins is Scott O’Dell’s homage to Robinson Crusoe and a fantastic job he did of it. Students I have read it too have always been engrossed by the trials and tribulations of Karana, the brave Indian girl left behind on a rugged Pacific island to fend for herself. What a powerful, positive role model for girl readers. We are half way through the book with lots more to read and some fun literature and art activities to complete based on the book. Download the unit from TPT for a mere $2.00!