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The Indian In The Cupboard (Rack) [Paperback]

Lynne Reid Banks
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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July 1 1995

It all started with a birthday present Omri didn't want -- a small, plastic Indian that no use to him at all. But an old wooden cupboard and a special key brought his unusual toy to life. And then even stranger things began to happen- wonderful, secret, dangerous...magical things.

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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 Mass Market Paperback edition.


"A Superb Fantasy" -- --Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"A wondeful Story" -- --Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Lynne Reid Banks touches a nerve in young people-adults,too-and touches it with wit, excitement, and poignancy." -- -- Lloyd Alexander

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3.0 out of 5 stars A little mislead and disappointed Jan. 15 2013
By PJ Sayo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I got the proper edition of the book (80s) version, but i got the dust cover for a newer edition of the book (it was the movie poster dust cover). On the bright side, the condition of the book is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Jan. 29 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a terrific book-good story,memorable characters, imaginative and exciting. My kids loved it when they were little, and now I'm buying it for the grandkids.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Audiobook - Educators Beware March 21 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I recently purchased the audiobook of The Indian in the Cupboard for use in my classroom. I work with students who struggle with their reading and reading along with an audiobook increases student comprehension of the material. I was disappointed to discover that the author (Lynne Reid Banks) changed parts of the audio version. At first, I only noticed a few changes, such as trousers for leggings. Then I discovered that she completely changed parts of the text by doing adding descriptions and by changing Little Bear's name to Little Bull. I'm not sure why the author felt it necessary to make these changes, but it makes it difficult for students to follow along in the book when the audiobook does not follow the text word for word. If you plan to use the audiobook in an educational setting, be aware of these changes.
On the plus side, Lynne Reid Banks has a very pleasant reading voice. It is enjoyable to listen to her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian in the Cupboard March 24 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story of The Indian Cupboad starts out when Omri recieves a birthday gift from his older brother. A small medicine cupboard. Who would want that? Omri. He was joyous over is new found treasure. His best friend Patrick gave Omri his birthday gift. A small second-hand plastic Indian. Of course, no one would want that, not even Omri, as he had long but outgrew playing with action figures. But then a combination of the cupboard, the plastic Indian, and a very special key reveals a world of little alive people, not toys, because toys don't have lives and a personality, but people, very much, do. This book has cliffhanging suspense and is one of the best reads I've had in a long time.
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unlike many other reviewers, I found the Indian in the Cupboard to be a racist, misrepresentative book which was full of age old stereotypes about American Indians. Being an American Indian myself, I found Banks' portrayl of Little Bear extrememly offensive and very inaccurate. First, Banks describes Little Bear as an Iroqouis warrior so why is he befeathered? Why does he have a natural animosity towards the cowboy? And why does he so quickly adapt to the horse? All of these things are inconsistent with Little Bear's status as an Iroqouis man. I also wondered about naming a full grown man who resided in a warrior society "Little Bear"? Very doubtful that that would have been the case. Most disturbing is the objectification of Little Bear as a plastic toy, American Indians are real, not toys meant for the amusement of white children. I think that this book could be very harmful to its juvenile readers. So many kids are unaware of the realities of Native American history and life, and I think that Banks reinforces the popular negative stereotypes that our children so unfortunately fall victim too. When selecting this book, ask yourself this: if I read this book to an American Indian child, how would they feel? Would they be embarrassed or hurt? With so many excellent books about Native American people and issues out there, it is definitely sad that kids will look to Banks' book as an example of what an "Indian" is. .
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4.0 out of 5 stars price of item Dec 27 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love this story and wanted to buy a copy, but cannot understand why it is priced at $181.48!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Return Of The Indian April 7 2002
By A Customer
I hadnt read the first in this series for quite a long time so i was a bit hazy on the details. But once i started reading it i started remembering it all.It's the kind of book that you can pick up at any time and you will still be captivated and enthralled with it.
It all starts with Omri winning a writing competition that he based on his experience with Little Bull(The indian)and Boone(the cowboy).He decides that he wants to share the moment with the little indian and the cowboy. But when Omri brings the little Indian back he finds Twin Stars(Little Bull's wife)crouching over a rather solemn and ill looking LittleBull.
As it gets further into the book Omri meets up with his old friend Patrick who hed shared the secret with and who had moved away. But Patrick has tried to block out the memory of the Cupboard and the little Plastic figures. But when Omri shows him again the magic of the cupboard Patrick cannot help being caught up in the excitement.
When they bring Boone back he is still his same loud and cheeful self and Little Bull is equally pleased to be reunited with his old friend.
Patrick and Omri get into their same michief when they try to bring back more indians to help fight the war that is attacking Little Bull's Tribe.
This is the kind of book that leaves you opening keys to cupboards....
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Indian in the Cupboard Review by: Shonnette March 21 2002
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The Indian in the Cupboard is a tale of a boy who gets what he thought was just a useless, thoughtless, musky, old cupboard given to him as a birthday gift. Omri just tosses it a side and puts his plastic toy Indian which he really didn´¿t like either inside and locks it up. Omri unlocks the small cupboard to find that the Indian has come to life. Stranger things begin to happen. Filled with secrets, danger,and magic, Lynne Reid Banks expresses how fantasy can seem like reality.
This book was okay. It had a nice story line to it and was filled with surprises,so that was good about it. This book was for someone who´¿s ever felt different and loves fantasy and the cowboys and Indians theme. It was also about people learning how to get along with each other and how minor differences shouldn´¿t matter, but how society lets it. It tells how people with many differences can get together and become friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Indian in the Cupboard
This is such a great book! At 16 my daughter still enjoys reading and re-reading this incredible journey into fantasy. Read more
Published on March 15 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING!
At some parts in the book I wish I was stuck in a cupboard rather than reading the book because I could find more interest in the wall of the cupboard then I found in this book. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was OK....
This Book is OK because it's funny and interesting. It was sad because the boy started crying at the end of the book when the indian left him. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars the indian in the cupboer
I think that the story was cool. Because the toys become real. I never read a story like that that was the cool part. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this book
i loved this book by lynne reid banks.
little bear is my favriot because he is is so bossy.
i think everboby would lver this book. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars The Indian In The Cupboard
The book The Indian In The Cupboard is a book about a young boy named Omri. He gets an old wooden cupboard for his birthday from his older brother. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars The Indian and the Cupboard: A book filled with magic !
The Indian in the Cupboard is a great book that is filled with magic and excitement. A boy named Omri is given an old metal cupboard for his birthday. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2001
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