The Return of the Indian

by Lynne Reid Banks

Paperback, 1987



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An Avon Camelot Book (1987), Edition: 30th, 189 pages


A year after he sends his Indian friend, Little Bear, back into the magic cupboard, Omri decides to bring him back only to find that he is close to death and in need of help. Sequel to "The Indian in the Cupboard."

Media reviews

In this sequel to The Indian in the Cupboard, Omri finds Little Bear (the plastic toy Indian) close to death and in need of help. Like the original book, it abounds with stereotypes, for example: "'Astonishing these primitives,' said Matron. 'Perfect control over the body. None over the emotions.'"
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Includes black-and-white illustrations.
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User reviews

LibraryThing member al04
This book would be rated as a fantasy because the boy plays with plastic figurines who become alive when he places them in the cupboard. He plays with them all the time and they talk to him just like a natural human but smaller. The figurines speak in other languages with other accents and hold
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historical history.
The character development of Omri through the book is strong because he builds confidence in himself. He has to critically think about his resources and capabilities in order to save Little Bear from his wound.
Media- pencil sketches
Use- Read Aloud, Guided Reading
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This is one that really should be read at some point after the original book. Omri awakens his plastic Native American/ real life Native American, Little Bear and discovers that he has been injured in a battle recently. He gets help for Little Bear, but then Little Bear asks for help battling his
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enemies. Omri and his friend Patrick face the challenge of knowing how to help Little Bear without playing God. There is an additional threat to Omri in the real world- can he use the people from the cupboard for help?
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LibraryThing member ctmsanvu
Its been over a year since Omri has seen Little Bear, Boone, and Bright Stars. Omri puts thier plastic figures in his magical cupboard, and thurns the skeleton key. Everyone is fine... but Little Bear, he is on the base of the cupboard, face down, not moving. Omri panics and quickly puts a nurse
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into the cupboard, her name is Matron, Matron in only a nurse though not a doctor. In less than half an hour Matron has taken the two bullets out of Little Bear's back and everything turned out to be a sucess. After a few days Little bear is fealing a lot better, and askes Omri if he can go back to his time and fight the French, a formal enemy. He also asked Omri if he could get more troops and get guns too, so Little Bear would definetly defeat the French. After Omri says yes, he scavages for Indian troops and guns, once Omri made the Indian troops real and taught them how to use a gun they were ready for war. Omri send Little Bear's army back into their own time to fight the French. Will Little Bear army win the war or will they all die.

I give The Return of the Indian **** because it was exciting but had a couple of boring parts. The book was good for most of the time, but at some points it was really boring. I still think that Lynne Reid Banks is a good writer but I think that this book could of been a little better. I also think that the first book of this series, Indian in the Cupboard is better than The Return of the Indian because it has a better plot. I don't really like how the book is about only Little Bear wanting to go back home to fight the French. The book would be a lot better if Bright Stars, Little Bear's wife had more to do in the story or even had a fight with Little Bear. In the book Bright Star is practically quiet the hole entire tim and does not do anything exciting. I hope to read the next book of this series, and hopfully it will be the best of the series.
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LibraryThing member themulhern
Has the flaws and merits of its predecessor. Fast-paced and imaginative.


Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Children's Fiction — 1988)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 4-8 — 1988)
Nēnē Award (Nominee — 1992)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — Juvenile Books — 1989)


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