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The Indian in the Cupboard Paperback – February 9, 2010
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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.) --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.
"Skyhigh fantasy that will enthrall readers."--Publishers Weekly
"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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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
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