The Indian in the Cupboard Book
The Indian in the Cupboard Book
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The Indian in the Cupboard

Written and illustrated by Lynne Reid Banks

Published by Random House Children's Books


Publisher's Summary

Full of magic and appealing characters, this classic novel takes readers on a remarkable adventure.

It's Omri's birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian toy. Trying to hide his disappointment, Omri puts the Indian in a metal cupboard and locks the door with a mysterious skeleton key that once belonged to his great-grandmother. Little does Omri know that by turning the key, he will transform his ordinary plastic Indian into a real live man from an altogether different time and place! Omri and the tiny warrior called Little Bear could hardly be more different, yet soon the two forge a very special friendship. Will Omri be able to keep Little Bear without anyone finding out and taking his precious Indian from him?

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  • Age Range: 8-12
  • Pages: 227
  • Book Type: chapter
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2010
  • ISBN: 0375847537
  • ISBN 13: 9780375847530
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Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader

It's a premise that has been explored pretty thoroughly in books and movies: what if my toys came to life? But this iteration of the classic question is engaging and fun, and a great book for upper elementary school readers. I'd especially recommend it for grades 3-5.

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