- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0780 (What's this?)
- Series: The Indian in the Cupboard
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Yearling (February 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375847537
- ISBN-13: 978-0375847530
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,362 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Lynne Reid Banks was evacuated from England to Canada during World War II, and she then returned to England in 1945 to study for the stage. She later became a freelance journalist and playwright and in 1955 became the first female TV news reporter. She has written many books for children, teenagers, and adults, including the bestselling The Indian in the Cupboard adventures.
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Omri gets a plastic Indian toy for his birthday which he receives with not much enthusiasm. Things get better when he locks it in his cupboard with a key only to discover that the plastic toy has come alive and is Little Bull, an Iroquois brave. Omri thinks this is cool at first, but soon discovers that Little Bull is not a toy, but an actual person who has had a life. This makes life interesting as he tries to help him out to build a house, find food, etc. and things get distressing when his friend puts a cowboy into the cupboard and he comes to life as well. Can Omri really keep a real live person as a toy?
Daniel really enjoyed this book and I did as well. It was a good fantastical story. I loved how Omri grew through the story and recognized that Little Bear was a person and tried to do what was best for him. My ten year old son Kile also read it and did not enjoy it. I think it’s because he wanted to read his Warrior Cat books and was disturbed it took away time from them. Overall, a unique fantastical story that is very entertaining.
Book Source: The Kewaunee Public Library
In this story a little boy named Omri who is gifted a cupboard and discovers that when he puts little plastic things in it they come alive. This starts with a little Indian named Little Bear who is an Iroquois. Later Omri's best friend Patrick puts a cowboy (Boone) into the magic cupboard who also comes to life. Omri learns that he can't just have a live human as a toy. He also learns that he has some responsibility for this new found friend of his and also Boone.
The part that is so touching and that makes this movie (and book) so meaningful is that Little Bear is willing to teach Omri. He's angry and frustrated to be where he is (a tiny person in a big world, in a different time period etc). He doesn't just get angry and stay angry though. He uses this as a teaching moment and begins to teach Omri about manhood and responsibility. Omri must help Little Bear with the physical things- food, housing, etc while at the same time Little Bear must teach Omri about growing up.
While Boone and Patrick are a part of this story they are really a side of this story while the bulk of the story centers around Omri and Little Bear. And in fact they are, in some ways, opposite of Little Bear and Omri. Boone is not as able (or willing?) to teach Patrick about his situation. He is also quick to anger and stay angry rather than using that moment to teach. Additionally, it is Omri who must mostly take care of Boone and make the tough decisions even to the point of sending Little Bear and Boone back home.
By todays standards of being worried about offending everyone and avoiding any and all stereotypes this book might never get published and this movie never get made. That would be a shame.
There is a reason that many of us who read this book or watched this movie as a child are bringing it back into our lives for our children is that it is a classic. One of the things that makes a book a classic or a video a classic is that it has life lessons in it. In this case lessons about responsibility, strength of character, growing into adulthood, respect and more. It is more than just an imaginary story about little people or big people taking care of little people- there are plenty of books like that out there. This book is different because it sparks the imagination and it teaches life lessons and that is what keeps bringing people back to this story.
They love it! They are completely hooked and beg every night for " just one more chapter". This book has caused my 7 year old to rediscover his love for his Lincoln logs, wooden train tracks, and his toy soldiers and Indians. He even pretends that was his closes the door to his locker in his bedroom that the Indians and soldiers have come to life when he opens it. They have also started to say "oh crumbs!" Instead of "oh my gosh!". Oh my gosh is a big pet peeve of mine. Anyways this is great book and has caused great things to happen in our house.
Family friendly, great kid story, draws a kids imagination and has a fun kid drama, with great ambient audio and the actors dont even feel like kid actors they just feel like kids being kids.
Great movie, stands the test of time.
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I would recomend it for poeople 8+ good book good story line