The Indian in the Cupboard

The Indian in the Cupboard 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

  • Title: The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Author: Lynne Reid Banks
  • ISBN: 9780007148981
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Bull, the Iroquois Indian brave, comes to life

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    1. 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 I can see where they're coming from, starting with the outdated term Indian, as opposed to Native American (or Iroquois, in this case).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. However's hard to be mad at a book for being racist when it portrays the Indian as the wisest, bravest, most hard-working character in the book. [...]

    2. 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 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. OH! And anyone who hasn't read it, and is scanning down through the reviews to see if it is right for you [...]

    3. 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 read [...]

    4. 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. Can Omri handle the magic of bringing his toys to life? Read on and find out for yourself.This was a pretty good read. I had seen the film when I was younger but didn't know it was based on a book so when I borrowed it from my church's librar [...]

    5. I read this as a kid and I just re-read it last week b/c I'm teaching it to my 4th graders. I love it for the vocabulary (wielded, lithely, haughtily) that I get to expose them to. I love it for the well-defined characters. Yesterday my students wrote from the perspective of Little Bear and they loved it. (Me cold. Who this big man? What want?) And I love it for the fantastical story. Great book for kids and fun to read again as an adult.

    6. What a racist, dull, unimaginative book. Full of stereotypes and negative images, this book should be taught only to teach young people how NOT to write books. I only read this book for a grad class and would never recommend it to anyone. First, the writing is cliched and boring. Secondly, the way Lynne Reid Banks has portrayed the Indian (apparently, Little Bear is Iroquois) is racist and offensive. Little Bear only speaks in grunts and incomplete sentences, and the cowboy Boone wants only to k [...]

    7. I am not too sure why I chose to read ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ by Lynne Reid Banks – other than it came with a pile of other books recently ‘donated’ to me by a colleague. Whilst it is a book I was aware of (perhaps from the film adaptation) it wasn’t one that had got anywhere near my ‘to read’ list. Neither did I realise that ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ was written by the same author who produced ‘The L-Shaped Room’ – a comparatively ground breaking novel of 1960. [...]

    8. What struck me about it was not that it was racist, or dated (it didn't feel so as much as you'd think,) but that it is a deconstruction of the idea that magical toys would be fun to have, and possibly of imagination as well.Omri gets a cupboard, a plastic indian, and a key for his birthday. When he puts the indian in the cupboard and locks him up, the indian comes to life. It seems anything locked in there becomes a conduit for people from the past. This leads to problems though, as the Indian [...]

    9. When Omri, a young English boy, puts a toy Indian in a medicine cabinet and turns a special key, the Indian magically comes to life. But the Indian is not merely a toy come to life, but a real person with a history who has been transported into Omri’s time, in miniature form. Complications arise when Omri’s thoughtless friend puts his toy cowboy in the cupboard to see if they will fight. The two boys then endanger the small people by taking them to school.Unlike other fantasies which create [...]

    10. My thought, when reading The Indian in the Cupboard, was that I wish I'd read it as a child to fully enjoy it. I was surprised when I got ready to write this review to see from that the book was published in 1980! I would have pegged the story as something written in the '50s or '60s. I realize I've been conditioned by society's sensitivities, view of political correctness, and critical spirit of looking at everything as though it contains hidden hatred; I had to fight my initial internal dista [...]

    11. Golly, I must have read this book a hundred times. There was just something so magical, so appealing about it! I hope kids today are still reading, I think it's timeless.

    12. This book was one of my favorites as a kid and I hadn't read it since then, so I decided it was time for another go. And it was just as charming as ever. What's more fun than toys coming to life? I'm convinced this book is where Toy Story got the idea from. Plus Little Bear and Boone make the greatest pair, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

    13. I’m all for good literature that stimulates the reader’s imagination. So it’s maybe a little surprising that I wasn’t overly fond of the classic Indian in the Cupboard.Omri is disappointed with his birthday gift. Frankly, a plastic Indian doesn’t hold much appeal to him. But everything changes when he gives the Indian a home inside a medicine cabinet and turns what appears to be a magic key. The Indian comes alive as Little Bull, a young brave with an exciting history. Omri is delighte [...]

    14. Hmmm. I am not sure where to put this in terms of "stars." I just reread it. I loved it as a child. I remember learning about Iroquois Indians and Longhouses and being fascinated. I loved the magical adventure when a toy comes to life. For those that do not know, young Omri locks his plastic toy American Indian in the cupboard and the Indian comes to life! His friend does the same to his plastic cowboy, and the result is disastrous. As an adult, I'm incredibly uncomfortable with the basic errors [...]

    15. A proctoring-during-STAR-testing reread. Pros: action-packed, good characterization of Omri and Patrick, moves quickly and has pretty good writing. Keeps kids instantly engaged and reading. Even as a critical, discomfited reader I was racing through and waiting to see what would happen next (I didn't remember it from my first read over twenty years ago). Cons: "problematic" is an understatement when it comes the ridiculous stereotypes *combined* with the whole "he's a real person, this has some [...]

    16. When Omri’s friend Peter gives him a small second-hand plastic Red Indian for his Birthday he is not overwhelmed. He is however pleased with the present from his brother, an old cupboard found in the alley, because he likes ‘the fun of keeping things in’ cupboards and manages to find a fancy old key for it in his mother’s box. Yet his initial satisfaction is nothing compared to the excitement and wonder that follows when Omri places the Indian in the cupboard, turns the old key and finds [...]

    17. The Indian in the Cupboard is a very moving story about a boy named Omri who discovers he has a magical cupboard that can bring plastic toys to life.In some places, the text seems a little racist, dealing mainly with stereotypes. The most noticeable occurance of this is Little Bull, who speaks in broken 'tv' English. e.g. "Me cold." However, it is not just the Indian (Native American) who is portrayed like this, but the cowboy as well. At first, this stereotypical way of portraying the character [...]

    18. While I can understand that the intent of the book was to entertain and educate young people about Native Americans, I just can't shake the feeling that this book is too creepy to enjoy unless you have nostalgia for it and know very little about Native peoples history. Making a member of a different race a toy that belongs to a white child is problematic and just because Omri is nice to his come-to-life-toy doesn't make it okay to minimize the conflict between the settlers and the natives. Also [...]

    19. The second installment in the mommy-Will summer movie-book club! Really cute book. Will loved it and it was fun to read to him. Movie was also great. But Because of Winn Dixie is still my favorite (our first club selection).

    20. The Indian in the Cupboard is absolutely a classic and one of my favorite books from my own childhood. Having just told you that, I think you’ll agree that there’s little point in my bothering with a review. I loved this book as a kid, I read all of the sequels, and having only just rediscovered it as an adult, I found I loved it no less for having grown up (sort of). I’ve tried a couple of times to watch the movie version, but I just can’t get into it—probably because they cast Americ [...]

    21. My kids and I read this book aloud together. It is getting a little more difficult to find books that we can read together that everyone can read and will hold everyone’s attention. This was definitely a good choice. All three kids are ready to check out the second book from the library! This was a fun book that I had never read before, so I also enjoyed the magic contained in its pages!

    22. The indian is in a cupboard. He got the cupboard from his brother for his birthday and his friend pratrick gave him a indian and at night his mom gave him a key to the cupboard and he put the indian in the cupboard and at morning time he here's a noise and he look in the cupboard and the indian is alive.

    23. Reading these books again as an adult is kind of sad. Unlike some of the other children's books I've been rereading, they don't seem to have kept their magic, and I'm irritated -- of course -- by the stereotypical and rather racist portrayal of the Indian who Omri brings out of the cupboard. There is at least some engagement with the idea that such a man, brought out of the past as a plastic toy, wouldn't be a toy, and at least some indication that not all Indians would be the same (e.g. the arg [...]

    24. Omri gets a plastic Indian from his friend Patrick for his birthday; he also gets and old cupboard from his brother and a key from his mom. Together these items make magic. When Omri puts the Indian in the cupboard and locks it the Indian comes alive. Suddenly he finds himself in possession of Little Bear an Iroquois brave who wants things and has to be taken care of. When Patrick finds out about Little Bear he wants his own and chaos ensues. Soon the boys realize that they have real people who [...]

    25. کاملا فراموش کرده بودم که تو چهارده سالگیدر مورد کتاب هایی که میخوندم یه سری یاددداشت می نوشتمپیدا کردن این یادداشت هاخیلی حس خوبی بهم دادمثل این بود که خودم رو تو چهارده سالگی ملاقات کنماین کتاب رو تو همون دوره ی زمانی خوندمو حرفای منِ چهارده ساله میگه کاملا مجذوب این کتاب س [...]

    26. It has been many years since I read this book in 5th grade, and I was a little worried that it was going to be some awful, racist book that made all "Indians" generic and fierce in a beast-like way. I'm still reeling from discovering how hard it was to read Little House on the Prairie, where I actually had to read aloud the words "the only good Indian is a dead Indian." But this book was *wonderful*! Banks presents The Indian and The Cowboy as real, multi-dimensional people responding as best th [...]

    27. Oh man. I loved this book when I was a kid because the idea of bringing toys to life is pure magic. But it was painful for me to read this aloud to my child. There are some cringe-inducing stereotypes and language, which of course I didn't remember from childhood. The Iroquois man speaks in broken English, the cowboy sounds like a drunken hick, and the Iroquois woman (who only appears briefly at the end), doesn't get a chance to speak at all. Also, I had to skip over many references to "scalping [...]

    28. I read this again to sub for a 4th grade class- I only had to prep for a chapter, but how could I resist? It's even better than I remember. I love when my favorite kids books stand the test of time! Omri is the best. Patrick is the worst.

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