I bought this for my two grandsons as a "read it together" bedtime book. They are aged 6 and 8 and although the recommended reading age is 9 - 11 they both. Lynne Reid Banks is a best-selling author for children and adults. Her classic children's novel 'The Indian in the Cupboard' has sold nearly six million copies. The Indian in the Cupboard book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. At first, Omri is unimpressed with the plastic Indian.
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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. At first, Omri is unimpressed with the plastic Indian toy he is given for his birthday. But when he puts it in his old cupboard and turns the key, something extraordinary happens that will change Omri's life for ever.
For Little Bear, the Iroquois Indian brave, comes to life Get A Copy. Paperbackpages. Published by Collins first published More Details Original Title. The Indian in the Cupboard 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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See all 11 questions about The Indian in the Cupboard…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 21, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. Apparently many people feel that this book is full of racist stereotypes. I can see where they're coming from, starting with the outdated term Indian, as opposed to Native American or Iroquois, in this case.
Not only that, but the Indian in the book, Little Bear, speaks in very broken English, and he has a seemingly simplistic, stereotypical outlook.
But the book is partly about Omri coming to see that Little Bear IS a person, and that to have him as a toy or a possession is completely inappropriate. Little Bear has more self-respect in his 2. He wastes no time on self-pity and instead focuses on how he can create a life in which he can take care of himself in the very strange circumstances in which he finds himself.
He wants to hunt for his own food, build his own home, etc.
I think it's obvious to Omri, as well as to the reader, that Little Bear has a very strong system of values that include intelligence, skill, self-reliance, courage, and hard work, among other things. It's hard for me to see how having an Indian as a toy is racist, when there is also a caucasian cowboy, a caucasian English soldier, and others who are in the same position. And perhaps it's stereotypical to have the Indian and the cowboy dislike and fight each other Little Bear even teaches Omri and the reader that an Indian isn't an Indian, and that as an Iroquois brave, to use a teepee, especially one with Algonquin markings, is unthinkable.
As for the broken English Little Bear is the only character in the book for whom English is not his first language. I actually liked the way he spoke, and was amazed at his way of cutting right to the heart of the matter with a very limited vocabulary.
I could see how Little Bear's way of speaking might seem like baby talk, which would infantilize him, but I didn't take it that way. Instead I was impressed at the way he had learned enough English to get his meaning across and meet his needs.
Little Bear's way of speaking did not make him seem any less intelligent, mature, or sophisticated to me.
In fact, Little Bear was portrayed as such a paragon for much of the book that one could almost find that racist -- as if Little Bear was more than human -- but he does have some weaknesses that he displays occasionally, such as his stubbornness and quickness to judge. So while Little Bear has many admirable qualities, he is not saintly.
I'm sure that there are dated, inaccurate and stereotypical elements in this book. Since I'm not Native American, I'm certainly not in the best position to judge. But if this book contributed to my image of Native Americans at all, it was in a positive way. I do think that this book's heart was in the right place, and that the author approached the Iroquois character with respect and the intention to portray him very positively.
Overall I loved the book for it's clever, original, exciting plot, it's complex characterization, it's high-quality writing, and the messages it sends about what qualities are to be admired in people.
View all 29 comments. This book, oh man. This was the book I used to read and re-read and re-re-read as a kid. That book that the cliche reader goes through so many times that he wears out the cheap mass-market paperback and has to beg his parents to buy him another copy from the Scholastic book order forms from school 'membah dem? Now I get to share it with my daughter, and rediscover how grand an adventure it truly is.
And anyone who hasn't read it, and is scanning down through the reviews to see if it is This book, oh man. His dialog is in a stereotypical Indian voice because that's how YOU are reading it. Little Bull simply doesn't speak English all that well.
He's speaking the way anyone would speak broken English, be it a Mexican or Swede or Iroquois or Martian. English is a hard language, man! Back off. There are a few racial slurs from a cowboy character, and a few casual drops of the term 'Red Indian.
This story shows Little Bull as brave, shrewd, caring, and most of all human. It shows the reader as it showed me when I was young that the slurs are from stupidity or fear.
It helped me see these words should not define the people they're directed at, but rather the people they issue from. Wow, went off on a tangent, there, huh? Bottom line: this is a beautiful story, full of magic and acceptance and wonder. View all 21 comments. I've heard a lot of negativity regarding this book, especially that it is notoriously racist. However, although it does feature a few dated stereotypes, I don't know if I would really call it racist. In fact, the book is not only an entertaining fantasy story, but it also teaches younger readers about looking past the stereotypes in toys, books and the media and learning the true history and cultural diversity of humanity.
Omri and Little Bear become close friends in the novel, also showing I've heard a lot of negativity regarding this book, especially that it is notoriously racist. Omri and Little Bear become close friends in the novel, also showing readers the value of companionship, and Omri also deals with sibling bickering, coming of age and learns from Little Bear how to be resourceful and respectful.
Written in powerful prose without a lot of unnecessary filler, The Indian in the Cupboard might be a little out-of-date but it is still a book that readers of all ages can enjoy. There's also a great 's film that has adapted from the story. View all 7 comments. Mar 19, Karina rated it really liked it. Okay so this is so cute and full of imagination! Wouldn't you as a kid in Elementary school love to have a magical cupboard that brought all your "plas-stikk" toys to life?
Omri thought the same thing until so much trouble and lies got into his conscience.
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The bossy Indian, the crybaby cowboy, a demanding friend, a loose rat in the house So much fun to read. Felt like a kid all over again. I think this would be a good book for kids who hate reading.
View all 11 comments. Jul 02, Amber rated it it was amazing Shelves: librarybookschurch-library. Omri is a young boy who receives a cupboard from his best friend Patrick. When he uses his Grandmother's old key with a red satin ribbon in the cupboard with his Indian, something magical begins to happen in the cupboard. His Indian magically comes to life.