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The Lemming Condition Paperback – October 18, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (October 18, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062500481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062500489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Arkin was born in New York and attended Los Angeles City College and Bennington College. He is an award-winning actor and author who has starred in films, plays, and television shows. His books include: The Lemming Condition, The Clearing, and Some Fine Grandpa! He lives in Weston, CT.

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I read this book when I was about 6-7 years old.
Amanda
This book is highly recommended for enjoyment reading for all ages.
stegt@pacifier.com Karl
It had strong potentual, but it fell short with it's lack of words.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By stegt@pacifier.com Karl on September 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you like stories that are simple, yet challenging then the Lemming Condition is for you. Alan Arkin the author of the Lemming Condition wrote this story for kids, but its just as much a novel for adults as it is for children. The children side of the novel reveals the Lemmings as tiny little creatures that are living happily ever after. Until one day when all the Lemmings are talking about heading west and executing the wet walk. Bubber, the main character in the book is confused about the situation, so he goes around and tries to find out information from family, relatives, and finally friends. When none of that seems to satisfy his nagging urges he scouts information on his own. The adult part of this story is the 2nd level that isn't revealed in plain black and white English. What Alan Arkin does is he creates a hidden meaning in the story, which is known to the writers and readers as allegory. With these two parts in the story working together, it makes for a wonderful reading time. This book is highly recommended for enjoyment reading for all ages.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary McCawley on October 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
I began using this book in my classroom about 20 years ago.

I have read and discussed it with children 10-18.

Most notably, I read it to students at a continuation high school where I worked for three years. Many of the students were in gangs and had already been to jail. Many of the girls already had their first child and had settled into a pattern that would spiral their lives and those of their children into misery. This book offered them an alegorical exposure to the idea that life need not be preset series of events leading to the leap of no return and the long death.

It remains one of my most stolen books, always a compliment. Mr. Arkin reminds us that it is not only okay, but necessary that we break from the pack to survive.

I am so grateful for his authorship and the effect it has had on so many. I wish he knew.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Plusle on November 1, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
Bubber's family was getting ready. So were all the lemmings families in burrow after burrow, all over the tundra. It was the morning of the great march west and the leap into the sea. Bubber was excited about it, until his crow friend starts asking some pretty pointed questions : Could a lemming even swim? What comes after the leap from the cliff? Bubber found that he couldn't say for sure. He had followed the crowd and taken it for granted like everybody else. The lemmings were doing something; he was a lemming. However, Crow's questions startle and unsettle him, and he starts having questions of his own - ones that had to be answered before the day was over. Short, very short, but wonderfully written, the several levels of storytelling meshing into one throughly enjoyable whole. However, despite it's shortness and cute illustrations, it is not for younger children - a few cuss words and the graphic, disturbing depiction of the mass lemming sucidide might not be apportiate. But everyone else will pick up important messages and meaning from this allegorical furry tale. Though I must add as a side note that lemmings do NOT kill themselves. It's a myth that was perpetuated by a few cameramen shoving them off a cliff for a Disney nature film in the fifties.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
Bubber, your average Lemming, was just another Lemming in the field. Then all of a sudden, every Lemming starts talking, and talking about one thing only. Traveling west. Every Lemming in the whole colony is heading west. They don't know why and they don't how far they're going. That is, until Bubber talks to his friend Crow. Then he realizes that he's going to need to jump off a cliff and into water to get there, which is fine except for one small thing. He doesn't know if Lemmings can swim! Bubber tries to figure out what's going on and what they should do.

This is a good book for all ages. It is easy enough for young readers to understand and has a hidden message for older people. Some readers may think that this is a book for only young kids but as you get along the way, you'll find that this is good for all ages. I was surprised to find out that Alan Arkin is an actor and an author as well. Alan Arkin puts you in a position you're not in every day. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a quick, but good story.

-Brendan Goggins
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sanford Shapiro on August 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book back in the eighties while I was teaching. This summer I read it again with a couple of middle and upper elementary aged kids. To me it's a classic story, written simply but with a rare combination of lightness, humor and a look at the important ideas concerning "following your own path." It's a book that parents can read with their kids and use the story lines to discuss all sorts of ideas. It's a children's book that doesn't talk down to kids. In fact, it's a simple story for all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stuffedmango on September 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
As an elementary school teacher, I have read this book aloud to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. It is an amazing springboard for discussion and can be tailored to any age group--adults included. Those who arrogantly posit how simplistic this book is, apparently have not dealt with children. I have been amazed with the many themes I have been able to use in the classroom--not just life lessons (not following the crowd, thinking for yourself, friendship, tolerance, etc.), but with teaching writing.

Caveat: Make sure the children know that scientifically, it is not true that lemmings run off cliffs. Focus on the fact that because the main character chose to think for himself, he saved himself from a lot of heartache and was able to continue to grow and learn.
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