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The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid…

The Indian in the Cupboard (1980)

by Lynne Reid Banks (Author)

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Series: Indian in the Cupboard (Book 1)

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This is a great children's book. I think the story of Omri and the Indian is one that children can relate to. Their differences are what make their friendship so unique and ideal.
  ninaberger | Nov 17, 2015 |
This is an entertaining, appealing story, in which an immature young man learns to take responsibility and show respect for others’ welfare.
Unlike other fantasies which create an entire magical world, the cupboard is the only magical element in this story. Because of its grounding in the everyday, this fantasy has a particular charm, as readers might imagine stumbling across just this kind of magic in their own world. ( )
  crunchymunchkin | Apr 30, 2015 |
Not just a 'dollhouse' story for boys, nor even like The Borrowers, this series is worth reading in it's entirety. Each episode raises serious questions in a wonderfully entertaining adventure. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This story revolves around a young boy discovering that when he locks a toy plastic Iroquois Indian in an old bathroom cupboard, the figure comes to life. This is a fun book full of magic and is a great read for any kid. After your students have read The Indian and the Cupboard, continue this book unit by doing related lessons, which include a Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks research project and a creative writing activity. Another great idea is to make a cupboard. Decide what you will put in it to transform to a living thing. Write a story/ account of what happens when this item comes to life. ( )
  Jihan0228 | Apr 11, 2015 |
What kid wouldn't want to find out they had the power to bring their toys to life? Of course, as Omri learns, it might not be as great as it seems.

This was one of my favorite stories growing up. This particular copy belonged to my sister (I know because she wrote her name in the cover), but it was one of those books we shared. It's been a while since I read this one, so I thought it was about time. After reading about Banks' other tiny wonder, Houdini the Escape Hamster, I figured it was time to check back in with Little Bear and his mini-adventures.

The Indian in the Cupboard is one of those books everyone should read at least once in their lives. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Mar 21, 2015 |
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… The book objectifies American Indians and is replete with stereotypical attitudes. Little Bear, the Indian, speaks "Hollywood Indian," for example, "`You touch, I kill,' the Indian growled ferociously." Although this book is popular with children and educators, its offensive treatment of American Indians makes for inappropriate reading.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Banks, Lynne ReidAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Banks, Lynne ReidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cole, BrockIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacques, RobinCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacques, RobinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380600129, Mass Market Paperback)

What could be better than a magic cupboard that turns small toys into living creatures? Omri's big brother has no birthday present for him, so he gives Omri an old medicine cabinet he's found. Although their mother supplies a key, the cabinet still doesn't seem like much of a present. But when an exhausted Omri dumps a plastic toy Indian into the cabinet just before falling asleep, the magic begins. Turn the key once and the toy comes alive; turn it a second time and it's an action figure again.

The Indian in the Cupboard is one of those rare books that is equally appealing to children and adults. The story of Omri and the Indian, Little Bear, is replete with subtle reminders of the responsibilities that accompany friendship and love. For kids, it's a great yarn; for most parents, it's also a reminder that Omri's wrenching decision to send his toy back to its own world is not so different from the recognition of their children's emerging independence.

The Indian in the Cupboard is also available in Spanish (La Llave Magica.) (The publisher recommends this book for children ages 9-12, although younger kids will enjoy hearing it read aloud.)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:02 -0400)

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A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.

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