The idea of "alone time" takes on a whole new meaning when you're stranded on a desert island. No one knows this better than Karana, the heroine of Island of the Blue Dolphins. Karana's entire village ships off to the mainland, leaving her and her little brother behind. Then, when a pack of dogs kills her brother, she's all by herself on the lonely island.
Or is she? One of the many lessons Karana learns during her time on the island is that she can find many friends in nature. She makes peace with the dog that killed her brother and names him Rontu. She also makes friends with an otter she names Mon-a-nee. Even though Karana finds companionship in nature, the novel doesn’t forget the importance of human connection. Karana still misses her sister, Ulape, and Tutok, her Aleutian friend. One of the lessons the novel highlights is the importance of human companionship.
Human connection protects us from feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Isolation is only negative when thought of that way. Being alone can be a good thing.