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The Indian in the Cupboard Paperback – February 9, 2010
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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.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Best novel of the year (1981)."--The New York Times.
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award, California Young Reader Medal, Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award, A Virginia Young Readers Award.
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Top Customer Reviews
Plastic miniatures of living things become alive when briefly locked inside the cupboard. Not just alive, but real people and animals from other time periods and cultures. How can a mere boy play god with adult lives? Omri-at first viewed as the all-powerful giant in control--has to juggle sibling problems, parental issues, school authorities and the spontaneous decisions of his best friend, in a desperate attempt to keep his precious secret. What will happen if real adults find out what he is hiding?
Both boys quickly realize that they are no longer dealing with mere toys or entertaining pets, but with actual people with needs, personalities and demands--coupled with adult logic.
The author creates increasingly difficult situations in the
ensuing chapters--winding the spring of dramatic tension ever tighter--with the result that the book is all butimpossible to put down. Omri learns a great deal about the Iroquois culture,
but the boys' friendship is strained to the breaking point. Natural enemies like a cowboy and an Indian--from different eras in American history--must learn to peacefully coexist in times of mutual danger and for the boys' peace of mind. Can peace and
trust be coerced or gradually taught? A delightful and thoroughly captivating read for kids of all ages! A new Classic!
In the beginning Omri was not really paying much attention to the presents he got for his birthday. Because he just left them on the floor. Once Little Bear came to life he realized that it was real and had to take care of it.
If Little Bear is responsible for anything Omri would take the blame so he wouldn't be discovered. Omri grew very close to Little Bear. And because of this the Indian grew more responsible.
The main point is that Omri changed each day that the Indian was there. His changes were small but they were changes. I don't think anyone will ever change Omri back. I really liked this book and you will probably like it too.
Chris a 6th grader
That's why we like Indian in the Cupboard so much. It's an imaginative, well-written story with interesting characters and a plot that's interesting but not "too scary." Best of all, it contains kids who aren't perfect, but still have their hearts in the right places -- and thankfully, the book isn't preachy about its morality.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So, I can't in any way attest to this book's treatment of native tribes. It FEELS halfway to accurate, but only a quarter of the way to politically correct. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Dione Basseri
A wonderful book. Transports us to new awarenesses. Kids enthralled.Published 11 days ago by Eric Canon
“The Indian in the Cupboard” was one of my favorite books when I was in school. I think that it was on our fourth-grade reading list, and I remember that our teacher read it to us... Read morePublished 24 days ago by James Vachowski
My boys read this we they were younger now my granddaughter (11 yrs old) is reading it. Great read!Published 24 days ago by Jeane L. Gard
I read this book when I was a child. I loved it then but loved it more reading it to my son.Published 28 days ago by D. Roberts-Mark
Very sad but good😢😀
The end was the best part!! I Wish that there were more good books like that...
Bought it for my 8 year old daughter who loves to read. She loved it!Published 1 month ago by Marina