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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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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 |
This is the story of a young boy who finds a toy Indian. After putting the toy into a cupboard, it comes to life. From here on out, things are a whirlwind for the boy and the Indian.

This is a riveting tale of adventure. I think 3-5 grade would enjoy this read. ( )
  breksarah | Apr 24, 2014 |
Classic novel about a young boy who puts a plastic toy Indian into a cupboard and the toy turns into a real Indian. Loved the idea of magic and while the storyline is wonderful, it could be updated a bit. The adults in the story act in unbelievable ways... Otherwise it was an enjoyable if juvenile read... ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 8, 2014 |
This book does some really great things, but also some pretty terrible things at the same time. I like Banks' prose style. I like that the Iroquois, Little Bear, refuses to just let the boys make the "you are a generic Indian" mistake. A good read, but I would hope that any parent or teacher would include a unit/chat on the actual history of the time (1889 for Boone, at least) of the characters. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
Reading these books again as an adult is kind of sad. Unlike some of the other children's books I've been rereading, they don't seem to have kept their magic, and I'm irritated -- of course -- by the stereotypical and rather racist portrayal of the Indian who Omri brings out of the cupboard. There is at least some engagement with the idea that such a man, brought out of the past as a plastic toy, wouldn't be a toy, and at least some indication that not all Indians would be the same (e.g. the argument over whether he will live in a teepee or a longhouse, although that is annoying on another level because Little Bull eventually decides that Omri's right and he does want a teepee). Little Bull is pretty one dimensional: he speaks in grunts and broken English, he wants a wife to cook for him and who will obey him, he's capricious and wild.

Omri and Patrick, the 'normal size' main characters, are selfish and inconsiderate. Particularly Patrick. I think as a child I might have had some sympathy with him, for the way Omri refused to let him join in and have his own real live little man. Omri is the more responsible of the two, at least. But he also doesn't practice what he preaches. It just... becomes annoying.

The children themselves are reasonably well characterised, actually: they have childish squabbles, hide stuff from their parents, don't always think about the consequences of their actions... But that makes the characterisation of the stereotyped characters even more infuriating.

I'd probably give this one star, if I hadn't loved it so much when I was younger. It does get to keep an extra star, just for that. ( )
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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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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.)

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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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