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My Favorite Literature To be honest with you I did not read much of anything when I was a child My mom always told me old Japanese fables that had been passed down from generation to generation I went to an international school when I was younger and cannot remember reading anything except from Phonics to learn English I do remember that there was one piece of childrens literature that I fell in love with from the first sentence It was called Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott ODell I first read the story in the fourth grade and immediately fell in love with the book I think it became an instant favorite because I really connected with the Indian girl Karana in the story Her tribe was fleeing from the Aleutians and had forgotten her brother Ramo Karana jumped off of the canoe and swam back to shore to rescue him but the tribe did not wait She and her brother were stuck on the island to fend for themselves The entire plot reminded me of my life I would do anything for my little brother but he did not seem to care Also growing up my brother was the favorite in my family so I always felt as though my tribe left me behind I also loved the fact that the book was presented in a first person point of view which made me feel as though I was Karana reading my own diary Ramo later died in the novel which left Karana alone on the island for about eleven years Her courage and ability to survive really drew me into the story Karana lived a fulfilling life even with no one around her which was how I felt at the time It was because of this book that Scott ODell became my favorite author and through him I also grew more fascinated with the American Indian culture His novels always
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