The Indian in the Cupboard

The Indian in the Cupboard

eBook - 1980
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A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, ©1980
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307576248
0307576248
0380600129
9780380600120
9780385170604
0385170602
9780385170512
0385170513
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (181 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Cole, Brock

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bubles77
Jul 15, 2015

In this book, there is a boy called Omri who is celebrating his birthday. He received from his friend Patrick a plastic Indian figure and an old cupboard from his two older brothers. His mom gives him a box of keys for him to try and he chooses one with a red ribbon that belonged to his grandma. He accidentally discovers the magical powers of the cupboard when the key locks it. Omri tells his friend Patrick reluctantly and then a plastic cowboy and horse get brought to life. The excitement picks up when both the tiny people are brought to school. Omri and Patrick get in trouble when they are constantly talking about their secret people. My favourite part was when the Indian talks to Omri with broken English, trying to tell him what to do.

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marsvin1997
Jul 05, 2014

Very enjoyable book. I wish it had been longer because when all the conflicts started to really pop up a quarter of the way through I was so intrigued and it was so hard to put the book down. Then when everything wrapped up, it was quite sad.

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kimberlynaomi
Feb 20, 2013

The Indian in The Cupboard is one of my personal all-time favorite books. The book is about a young boy named Omir who receives a cupboard from his brother on his birthday. Little does Omir know that the cupboard is actually "magical." The cupboard has a "magical" key that was owned by his great-grandmother that will allow the figures to turn to life. Omri has an Indian placed in the cupboard by the name of Little Bear and when locks and unlocks the cupboard Little Bill becomes alive. Omri has a friend by the name of Patrick that he tells about the cupboard who turns a cowboy by the name of Boone into life. Omri tells Patrick that this is a bad idea, which he was correct about. Little Bear and Boone began to fight and shot at each other and Omri and Patrick must separate the two. Omri and Patrick keep the two for a while and then one night while watching cowboys and Indians on television Little Bear begins to have flashbacks and shots Boone and injuries him. Omri has a World War I doctor that could treat the wound but Omri has loss the key. Omri makes an effort to find the key. The key was found down in the floor; however this poses a problem because Omri's brother rat escaped from its cage. Omri sends Little Bear down in the floor to find the key and Little Bear is able to escape the rat and recover the key. Boone is then treated. At the end of the story Little Bear decides that he wants a wife and Omri brings Bright Star to life so that she and Little Bear can get married. Omri then decides one day that it would be best to send Little Bear, Boone, and Bright Star back to where they belong and he does so. Omri then gives the key to his mother so that he is not tempted to bring them back to life. This book is about how a small boy learns the value of his toys and it even teaches a little history about Indians and cowboys.

cjperry Sep 06, 2011

This book has a very strong racial stereotype in "Little Bull" the Native American who is brought to life in the cupboard. He speaks in pidgin English and is of no specific nation or cultural origin. He's just a generic "Indian".

It should also be noted that the author changed his name from "Little Bull" to "Little Bear" from one book in the series to another without any explanation.

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kimberlynaomi
Feb 20, 2013

The story is about a young boy who receives a magical cupboard and key for his birthday. The cupboard and key have the power to turn his action figures to real life humans. One day the boy brings to life an Indian and a cowboy and he gets more than what he bargains for.

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Black_Dog_56
Apr 15, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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kimberlynaomi
Feb 20, 2013

"Inside was a small white metal cupboard with a mirror in the door, the kind you see over the basin in old-fashioned bathrooms." "In it was Patrick's Indian." "And he was alive."

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