Sunday, September 25, 2011

When Magic Goes Wrong

Day two of ALA Banned Books Week brings another recommended read for those in grades 4-6.

The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks (illustrated by Brock Cole) was first published 31 years ago, and it has been a favorite among readers ages 9-12 and older.  Some grown-ups have even read it to their preschoolers.  Watch our book trailer (above) to see if you'd like to read this book.

Why has The Indian in the Cupboard been challenged or banned in schools and libraries?  Some adults think that Native Americans are stereotyped in the book, but the author extensively researched Iroquois life during early American colonial days, and her portrayal of Little Bear is historically accurate.  Other adults think there is too much violence in the book, but that's difficult to understand.  Any violent actions in the book are mild compared to anything on television or at the movies to which children are routinely exposed.  Lastly, some grown-ups say there is bad language in the book, but, frankly, I can't remember reading any.  If there are any "swear words" in the book, they're nothing compared to what kids hear daily from their elementary school classmates.

Readers ages 9-12 are old enough to understand and learn from the problems that Omri, Patrick, Little Bear, Boone, and the other characters encounter.  Mostly, it is a fun adventure you should enjoy.  Look for it in our favorite Library's Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

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