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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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  mshampson | Dec 13, 2014 |
A young boy finds a toy Indian in the cupboard. He goes to sleep and the next morning the toy is alive. The toy warns the boy not to put him in the cupboard again. The story goes through many adventures between Omri, the young boy, and making sure the Indian does not harm them.
Learning about Native American culture.

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  hatease | Nov 30, 2014 |
Brilliant both as a children's book and a coming of age novel. Although it's low fantasy, it feels more like science fiction in drawing out the consequences of an interesting piece of technology. Omri's actions and character transformation are very believable.
The only part of the book I didn't enjoy was Patrick's betrayal, and Omri's quick acceptance of his actions. In fact, for all of the times Omri threatened to knock someone's teeth out, I would have thought he'd have tried it at least once. ( )
  Audacity88 | Oct 4, 2014 |
The book was an interesting read. It uses the magical, never quite explained cupboard and key to introduce some key points of American history and culture and race relations. Setting the story in England added another dimension to the story that gave the author reason to add extra explanations to Little Bear and Boone's needs. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 25, 2014 |
Simply loved this book as a kid. It is a must read. So much imagination crammed into a tiny little cupboard ( )
  areadingmachine | Aug 19, 2014 |
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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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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:39 -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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