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Fable for children and their parents,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Indian in the Cupboard (Paperback)
This book deserves to enter the list of children's classics, alongside books like the Borrowers and Tom's Midnight Garden. (it shares some elements - time travel, and size issues - with each of these books)
It is not just a good read for able children, but an enjoyable one for parents to share by reading aloud. Like all the best children's books, it's adult-friendly, in that the people are believable. The characters, including "Boo-hoo" Boone the crying cowboy, allow a reader with indulgent children to practice some fun voices too.
It conjures up the atmosphere of childhood well, and has a strong moral. It's never spelt out so unsubtly as this in the book, but everything underlines a message that no matter how small or different, people are people, and not playthings.
Though the first book is complete, the author obviously couldn't resist returning to the subject, producing memorable sequels.