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The Indian in the Cupboard [Paperback]

By Lynne Reid Banks (Author) & Lyne Reid Banks (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 1982
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  9
ISBN  0380600129  
EAN  9780380600120  
UPC  071001004991  

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Outline ReviewWhat 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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It all starts with a birthday present Omri doesn't even want -- a small plastic Indian of no use to him at all. But when an old wooden cupboard and a special key bring the unusual toy to life, Omri's Indian becomes his most important secret: precious, dangerous, wonderful, and above all, magical.

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Interesting story   Aug 7, 2007
It's Omri's birthday and his brother and his friend have gotten him gifts that don't seem like the best gifts in the world. His brother gave him a cupboard that he found in an alley. And his friend, Patrick, gave him a plastic Indian figure. There's nothing too magical about these items and Omri is less than interested in them until he finds a key among his mother's extra keys that fits the cupboard.

He finds that when he puts a plastic figure in the cupboard and then locks the cupboard with that particular key, the figure comes to life! With a little experimenting, he finds that if he then locks the live figure back in, it returns to its original form.

Now Omri has a live Indian (a very small live Indian) living in his room. Sounds pretty neat, huh? Well, Omri soon finds out that it's not so easy to be responsible for another human being no matter how small they are.

The Indian's name is Little Bear and he makes demands on Omri such as asking for supplies to make a longhouse, paint for decorations and - most importantly - food. Omri has to go to great lengths to help Little Bear while at the same time keeping the Indian a secret from his family and friends. When he finally does tell his friend, Patrick, Omri regrets it.

Patrick wants to play with the cupboard but he doesn't care that the figures are occupied by real human beings with real feelings. This gets both he and Omri in trouble.

This book is an interesting look at what happens when something that seems like it would be the coolest thing can turn out to not be so fun once reality hits. It is also interesting to see the empathy that Omri has for these small beings and how he tries to care for them and show Patrick how to care for them too. It also explores the dynamics of their friendship and touches lightly on the familial interactions between son and parents and brother to brother.

While this is a book about boys, the story is not for boys alone. Girls will enjoy this story about a 'magical' experience. Boys will definitely love this and may even try locking up their action figures in every cupboard in the house to see what happens. It's a quick and interesting read for those who are easily distracted.

I am concerned about the descriptions of all the historical characters especially the Native American (as one reviewer has been specific about the 'racist' nature of it.) So I would not recommend this for someone looking for an accurate description of Native Americans, cowboys or WWI medics but perhaps it could be used to start a discussion about stereotypes. Also I would not recommend this to someone looking for a fantasy novel.
a new dimension  Jul 23, 2007
It was interesting and exciting because the plot was unexpected. I liked the stories told by the characters from the cupboard and that they had past lives. Their daily lives were interesting such as the food they ate and the risks they faced. It's a good book to read for kids.
The Indian in the Cupboard  Apr 12, 2007
I discovered the story about the Indian in the Cupboard when I saw the film based on the book. I think the book is quite good, but I would like to have more illustrations, because I'm teacher of English for Spanish students and if you want to use the story for early ages (6-8) you'll need more illustrations. But in general I liked this book very much.
Cornwall, NY Sixth Grader  Mar 7, 2007
I am a sixth grader who experienced a magical journey after reading the famous book, The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks and illustration by Brock Cole.
The book takes you on a magical journey when Omri, who is celebrating his birthday,receives a plain old cupboard from his family and a plastic indian from his friend, Patrick.
Omri loved cupboards and would find things to put in them. The cupboard however would not lock and his mother gives him a box with keys with all shapes and sizes. He tries them all until he finds the key that open the cupboard.While alone, he wonders what treasure to put in the cupboard.
When Omri puts his plastic indian in the cupboard, he never imagined the magic that would come to life. His indian become the most important secret that he now must keep. Omri is so excited however that he shares his secret with his best friend, Patrick, who then makes things worst because he wants to use the "magical cupboard."
This book really lets you feel the magic of the characters coming to life.
The Indian in the Cupboard was made into a famous and classical movie in 1995. It is one of my favorite movies. Try reading The Return of the Indian, The Secret of the Indian, The Mystery of the Cupboard and The Key to the Indian.
the indian in the cupboard  Jan 1, 2007
This was one of the best books i have read in my life, it was humourus, sad, and makes you think. I liked the book alot, i only read the first one and i wouldn't mind reading the second!
We read the book in class and we all laughed, and cried. I thought the book was a message, saying be careful of what you think and do.

I will recommend this to my teacher, as a lesson in english, to come and post a review! :)

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