The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition

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Journey to the spectacular land of Oz with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! This classic tale from L. Frank Baum has enchanted readers for over a century. Now, in this stunning hundredth anniversary edition featuring the original illustrations by W.W. Denslow, new readers will learn the power of the phrase “There is no place like home.”

In this hardcover edition with high-quality reproductions of the original art, follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz.

Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powerful Wizard of Oz.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060293239
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/03/2000
Series: Oz Series , #1
Edition description: 100TH ANNIVERSARY
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 345,650
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and received enormous, immediate success. Baum went on to write seventeen additional novels in the Oz series. Today, he is considered the father of the American fairy tale. His stories inspired the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, one of the most widely viewed movies of all time.

Michael Sieben is a professional designer and illustrator, primarily within the sub-culture of skateboarding, whose work has been exhibited and reviewed worldwide as well as featured in numerous illustration anthologies. He is a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher magazine, and a weekly columnist for VICE.com. He is also a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective in Austin, Texas, as well as the cofounder of Roger Skateboards. The author of There's Nothing Wrong with You (Hopefully), he lives and works in Austin.



W[illiam] W[allace] Denslow was born in Philadephia in 1856. Famous for his bold, colorful illustrations for many popular turn-of-the-century children's books, he is best remembered today as the original illustrator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Date of Birth:

May 15, 1856

Date of Death:

May 6, 1919

Place of Birth:

Chittenango, New York

Place of Death:

Hollywood, California

Education:

Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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Chapter One

The Cyclone

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife. Their house was small, for the lumber to build it had to be carried by wagon many miles. There are four walls, a floor and a roof, which made one room; and this room contained a rusty looking cooking stove, a cupboard for the dishes, a table, three or four chairs, and the beds. Uncle Henry and Aunt Em had a big bed in one corner, and Dorothy a little bed in another corner. There was no garret at all, and no cellar-except a small hole, dug in the ground, called a cyclone cellar, where the family could go in case one of those great whirlwinds arose, mighty enough to crush any building in its path. It was reached by a trap-door in the middle of the floor, from which a ladder led down into the small, dark hole.

When Dorothy stood in the doorway and looked around, she could see nothing but the great gray prairie on every side. Not a tree nor a house broke the broad sweep of flat country that reached the edge of the sky in all directions. The sun had baked the plowed land into a gray mass, with little cracks running through it. Even the grass was not green, for the sun had burned the tops of the long blades until they were the same gray color to be seen everywhere. Once the house had been painted, but the sun blistered the paint and the rains washed it away, and now the house was as dull and gray as everything else.

When Aunt Em came there to live she was a young, pretty wife. The sun and wind had changed her, too. They had taken the sparkle from her eyes and left them a sober gray; theyhad taken the red from her checks and lips, and they were gray also. She was thin and gaunt, and never smiled, now. When Dorothy, who was an orphan, first came to her, Aunt Em had been so startled by the child's laughter that she would scream and press her hand upon her heart whenever Dorothy's merry voice reached her ears; and she still looked at the little girl with wonder that she could find anything to laugh at.

Uncle Henry never laughed. He worked hard from morning till night and did not know what joy was. He was gray also, from his long beard to his rough boots, and he looked stern and solemn, and rarely spoke.

It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long, silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose. Toto played all day long, and Dorothy played with him, and loved him dearly.

Today, however, they were not playing. Uncle Henry sat upon the door-step and looked anxiously at the sky, which was even grayer than usual. Dorothy stood in the door with Toto in her arms, and looked at the sky too. Aunt Em was washing the dishes.

From the far north they heard a low wail of the wind, and Uncle Henry and Dorothy could see where the long grass bowed in waves before the coming storm. There now came a sharp whistling in the air from the south, and as they turned their eyes that way they saw ripples in the grass coming from that direction also.

Suddenly Uncle Henry stood up.

"There's a cyclone coming, Em," he called to his wife; " I'll go look after the stock." Then he ran toward the sheds where the cows and horses were kept.

Aunt Em dropped her work and came to the door. One glance told her of the danger close at hand.

Quick, Dorothy! " she screamed; "run for the cellar!

Toto jumped out of Dorothy's arms and hid under the bed, and the girl started to get him. Aunt Em, badly frightened, threw open the trap-door in the floor and climbed down the ladder into the small, dark hole. Dorothy caught Toto at last, and started to follow her aunt. When she was half way across the room there came a great shriek from the wind, and the house shook so hard that she lost her footing and sat down suddenly upon the floor.

A strange thing then happened.

The house whirled around two or three times and rose slowly through the air. Dorothy felt as if she were going up in a balloon.

The north and south winds met where the house stood, and made it the exact center of the cyclone. In the middle of a cyclone the air is generally still, but the great pressure of the wind on every side of the house raised it up higher and higher, until it was at the very top of the cyclone; and there it remained and was carried miles and miles ay as easily as you could carry a feather.

It was very dark, and the wind howled horribly around her, but Dorothy found she was riding quite easily. After the first few whirls around, and one other time when the house tipped badly, she felt as if she were being rocked gently, like a baby in a cradle.

Toto did not like it. He ran about the room, now here, barking loudly; but Dorothy sat quit still on the floor and waited to see what would happen.

Once Toto got too near the open trap-door, and fell in; first the little girl thought she had lost him. But saw one of his ears sticking up through the hole, for the strong pressure of the air was keeping him up so that he could not fall. She crept to the hole, caught Toto by the ear, and dragged him into the room again; afterward closing the trap-door so that no more accidents could happen.

Hour after hour passed away, and slowly Dorothy got over her fright; but she felt quite lonely, and the wind shrieked so loudly all about her that she nearly became deaf. At first she had wondered if she would be dashed pieces when the house fell again; but as the hours passed and nothing terrible happened, she stopped worrying and resolved to wait calmly and see what the future would bring. At last she crawled over the swaying floor to her bed, and lay down upon it; and Toto followed and lay down beside her.

In spite of the swaying of the house and the wailing of the wind, Dorothy soon closed her eyes and fell fast asleep.

Table of Contents

Introduction9
The Cyclone11
The Council with The Munchkins16
How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow23
The Road Through the Forest30
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman35
The Cowardly Lion42
The Journey to The Great Oz48
The Deadly Poppy Field55
The Queen of the Field Mice63
The Guardian of the Gates69
The Wonderful Emerald City of Oz76
The Search for the Wicked Witch89
How the Four were Reunited102
The Winged Monkeys106
The Discovery of Oz the Terrible113
The Magic Art of the Great Humbug122
How the Balloon was Launched126
Away to the South130
Attacked by the Fighting Trees134
The Dainty China Country139
The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts144
The Country of the Quadlings148
The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish152
Home Again158

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Oz Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
WilV More than 1 year ago
I have seen the original movie, the Sci-fi channel sequel and the 80's anime cartoons but never actually read the book. After reading Wicked, Son of a witch and a Lion among men I wanted to read a little more about the original work that these stories were based on. I took my time in purchasing the right copy for me because there are many version of this story and I wanted to get the closest thing to the original. I was so pleased when I found this version and when I sat home and read it I was even more pleased to find that for a "child's" book it was actually gripping. The illustrations are also wonderfully done and they help to visualize the story very effectively.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is an exciting fantasy book. At some times it left me on the edge of my seat. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is mostly about the obstacles Dorothy endures to get back to Kansas to see her Aunt Em. I think the reason L. Frank Baum wrote this book was to show that Dorothy would do anything to see the people she loves. Things happen for a purpose, and if they didn¿t, you could miss out on a journey of a lifetime. In this riveting book there are various settings. In the beginning of the book Dorothy is in Kansas, living with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. When L. Frank Baum describes it, Kansas seems like a very dry and boring place to live. That lead me to think Dorothy really loves her Aunt and Uncle, because she doesn¿t care where she lived, as long as she¿s with them. After a terrible tornado that sends their house spinning in the air, Dorothy was in Munchkin Land. She meet three small munchkins. The good witch of Munchkin Land tells her the Great Oz of Emerald City may be able to help her get back to wherever she¿s from. Dorothy makes her way down the yellow brick road. Surprisingly, a scarecrow talks to her. Dorothy invites him to go on the journey with her and her little dog, Toto. The scarecrow is in search of brains, and thinks that without brains he is miniscule in his society and only exists to scare pesky crows. As Dorothy, Toto and scarecrow continue down the road they see a rusty Tin Man holding an ax in midair as if frozen. After some mumbling, Dorothy grabs an oil can and lubricates it¿s limbs until it can move again. The Tin Man says he would like a heart because he is made of tin. As they carry on with their pursuit to see the Wizard of Oz, a monstrous lion tries to hurt little Toto. This is because he is a coward and scares innocent creatures to make himself look tough. The lion is in search of bravery. Dorothy then invites him to go with them to the land of Oz. All of them in need of something from the Great Oz, they start their journey. They undergo many obstacles on their journey to the great and wonderful Oz, but somehow got through by using the materials they have. `¿How shall we cross the river?¿ asked Dorothy. ¿That is easily done,¿ replied the Scarecrow. ¿The Tin Woodman must build us a raft, so we can float to the other side.¿¿ This shows each of the characters has something special in their group that will help them get through rough patches. Each of the characters pitch in. I think the description of the settings were very helpful when I was trying to create a mental picture of the scenario. ¿To their great joy the trees became thinner the further they advanced, and in the afternoon they suddenly came upon a broad river, flowing swiftly just before them. On the other side of the water they could see the road of yellow brick running through a beautiful country, with green meadows dotted with bright flowers and all the road bordered with trees hanging full of delicious fruits.¿ The paragraph above just demonstrated the sort of details of setting, which is scattered throughout the book. When Dorothy, scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and little Toto get the The Emerald City of Oz, they each have to go in on different days. Although Oz tells them all the same thing. What is it? Well you¿re going to have to read the book to find out! I think that the book was very violent, more violent than I was expecting. For example: there were a lot of beheadings due to the Tin Man. That¿s sending a message to children that to solve problems, they can hurt things and the problem is solved....no problem. Children don¿t realize there are consequences to their actions. Although I don¿t like comparing books to movies, the movie is so much different from the book. The movie just has the story outline but not the juicy and exciting parts. There was so much more in the book than the movie. I was so glad I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz because I never had known what actually ha
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
L. Frank Baum's classic tale is 100 years old. I had the pleasure of reading the original version. Just like in the classic movie, Dorothy is blown to Oz by a tornado from with the farmhouse where she lived in Kansas with her aunt and uncle. The house lands in Munchkiland and kills the Wicked Witch of the West. After realizing what has happened, Dorothy is met by the good with of the north who tells her that Dorothy should go to Emerald City to ask the great wizard to send her back to Kansas. Dorothy likes the SILVER shoes that the Wicked Witch of the West was wearing and she starts wearing them. For her safety, the good witch of the north gives Dorothy a kiss which marks her for protection. Dorothy starts following the yellow brick road and meets the scarecrow. After putting him down from the stick he was placed, the scarecrow befriends Dorothy and decides to accompany her to Emerald City to see if he can get a brain. Later they meet the Tin Man who was corroded while trying to cut a tree. After oiling him back, the Tin man tells Dorothy of his predicament. He was originally human but kept losing body parts which were replaced by tin. Finally he lost his chest and he was not able to get a heart in the replacement so he stopped loving. he wishes to accompany them to see if he can get his heart back. Next the meet the lion, who is looking for courage. He also joins the group. When they are in the poppy fields, Dorothy and Toto are carried by the Tin Man and the Scarecrow to safety, but the Lions falls asleep. They think they have lost him, until Dorothy rescues the Queen of the rats, who commands an army of rats to pull the lion from the poppy field in a cart that Tin Man makes, while Tin Man and Scarecrow push from behind. As they get to Oz, they are admitted to the city and made to wear green goggles. Oz grants each one of the a separate audition and presents himself in different shapes to all four but asking the same thing from each--in order to grant their wish they must kill the wicked with of the west. They set west for the adventure. The wicked witch of the West has only one eye, but can see everything in her land. When she sees the silver shoes she wants to kill all but Dorothy to get the shoes. She first send a pack of wolves to do the job, but the tin man kills them all with his ax. The she send a pack of crows to get them, but the Scarecrow scares them and one by one dismember them. After she sends her killer bees, but they hide Dorothy and the Tin Man takes on all the bees which die as they sting him. Then she send the Winkies, her slaves, and the Lion this time is the hero by roaring so loud that they all run away. Finally the witch gets her Golden Cap which had one more wish to ask from the flying monkeys. They capture all the gang, but the witch is scared of Dorothy because of the good witch's kiss and the shoes. The wicked witch tricks Dorothy to lose a shoe, but Dorothy gets mad and throws a pot with the dinner at the witch. The water in the pot melts the witch. I will say no more, but the book is so different from the book that it takes almost as long to finish the story, where each character finds where they want to live in Oz and Dorothy returns to Kansas. The book is a classic children story and a fascination to read, especially because of all the discrepancies from the classic Judy Garland movie.
mj113469 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dorothy is a young girl who lives on a Kansas farm with her dog Toto. One day Dorothy and the farmhouse was sucked in to a tornado and dropped in a field in the country of the Munchkins. The house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East killing her. The Good Witch of the North comes to greet Dorothy and gives her a pair of shoes. In order to return to Kansas, Dorothy is to visit the Wizard of Oz. In the end Dorothy realizes that she had the power to go home all along without the Wizard. I really did not like this book. I have never been able to get involved in this book even when I was in school. This book has to much make believe to grab my attention from the beginning. This book could be by showing the students the movie and having them write a compare/contrast paper about he movie and the book. This could be used in teaching the children about society.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a child, The Wizard of Oz was a constant, a movie that would be watched several times in the course of the year. We'd laugh at the scarecrows antics, sigh at the tin man's desire for a heart and giggle at the cowardly lion. The wicked witch would scare us and Toto would make us want a dog - so I'm not quite sure how it happened that I never managed to get around to reading the books. I decided to end 2010 (and start 2011's reviews) off with reading all fifteen Oz books by L. Frank Baum. I'm glad I made that decision, as after this single book I found myself falling in love in a completely different way with the story. Simplistic and perfect, Baum's writing is easily understood by young and old alike. There's enough of a difference between the book and the movie to keep you interested, even if you've seen the movie as many times as I have (or more!). I laughed and enjoyed myself thoroughly ... now just to find a pretty set to put on my shelves.
mainrun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book because the movie was referenced in Stephen King's, "Wizard and Glass (4th Dark Tower Book)." I couldn't wait for it to be over. Surprising how bluntly violent parts of it was. "So the Woodman raised his axe, and as the wildcat ran by he gave a quick blow that cut the beast's head clean off from its body, and it rolled over at his feet in two pieces." They don't write children books like that anymore. The Gunslinger books referenced the movie more than this book, I think.
LauraT81 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Toto, are picked up in a tornado and land in Oz where they meet a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion on their journey to find her way back home to Kansas. I've never read the book until now, but have seen the film tons of times. I always wanted to be Dorothy. However, Baum's Oz is much more dark and a bit more violent than melting the wicked witch. I was pretty surpised by the number of decapitations! I really loved it though and it reminds me of the old fairy tales that don't spare any gore and consequences.
Snakeshands on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having not come across this one in a very long time, my thoughts: So much stranger than the film, for sure. Also so much funnier, and far more cynical, despite the amusing little bit at the beginning from Baum about how fairy tales where bad things happen are obsolete. Less recognized as such, but this is nearly as loony as Alice in Wonderland--especially in that very same hyper-episodic feeling, where he just throws idea after idea after idea at you, with barely time to hold onto the characters or figure out what just happened before he skips along giddily to the next. I'm very, very glad I reread this one, and onwards to the Marvelous Land (got myself this Borders collection of the first seven Oz books for a very reasonable price, and I'm just having at them.).
mmsharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I never read this classic either. I've of course seen the movie a dozen times. I can only imagine what it would have been like to read such a book before the the movie. This book has made such an impact on children all over the world. Ironically I saw the movie Australia recently which uses this book in a few scenes. It's such a good imaginative book for kids to read.
jnwseid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This classic tale tells the story of Dorothy's journey to the strange and magical land of Oz, and the her many travails along the road home. This book is great for children starting in elementary school and up through middle school. It can also be read as a historical document in the context of American history and the election of 1896.
DameMuriel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm amazed by the reviews that insinuate that the book isn't as good as the movie. I enjoyed the movie growing up but didn¿t like it as much after I saw Return to Oz, which I thought was a much better (and more frightening) film and, as it turns out, a more faithful adaptation of the Oz books. Actually, Return to Oz prompted me to read the Oz books. If you still think the MGM musical is the bee's knees, then the book may not be to your liking. I, however, think it is fantastic. This book may seem dated and the action slow-moving but it was written at a time when people actually had attention spans and children weren't addicted to electronic devices. Be patient with it.
saskreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was interested in reading at least this first book of the original Oz series after recently finishing Wicked by Gregory Maguire, if only to see what he based his novel on and what the 1939 movie was based on. I found it a little slow-going (even for a children's book), but overall imaginative and a good read. I don't have any interest in pursuing the rest of the series, but perhaps I might someday down the road when my children will be old enough to read them.
laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is a an outstanding book where a girl, named Dorothy, gets whisked away by a tornado to the Wonderful World of Oz.In this story, Dorothy has to talk to a talking Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and a Tin Woodman. She must find the Wizard of Oz to send her back home, but when she gets to Oz, she finds that he is an imposter. After that, Dorothy goes to Glinda, the good witch, who gives her a pair of flying shoes which Dorothy uses to fly home.If you think about it, isn't Dorothy like the Greek God, Hermes, the messenger of the gods? They both have flying shoes. Hermes took people to the land of the dead, and Dorothy leads the tin woodman, lion, and the scarecrow to the City of Emeralds to find Oz. Could the Tin Woodman be one of Hephaestus' automatons? Could the Cowardly Lion be like the Nemean Lion, a vicious monster? Ha, Ha. Was this book inspired by Greek Mythology? (Answer the poll on the right sidebar, or post a comment to give me your opinion.)The moral of the story seems to be that there is no place like home. I think that because even when Dorothy had a whole kingdom at her fingertips, she still missed home.This book also has flabbergasting ***chuckles*** illustrations. They are inked drawings, with amazing effects. For example, in the illustration at the beginning of Chapter 4 - The Road through the Forest, you can almost see into the forest with the 3D effect.ozI recommend this book to anybody who wants a fantasy adventure story. It's a thrill ride all the way through.
sacamp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dorothy lives in the west with her aunt and uncle or she did till a tornado swept her and her house to the west. Dorothy mis's her aunt and uncle so she try's to go back but there i lots to stop her.
richard015 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is very interesting. The hiroine of this story is the brave and sensible Dorothy . She makes friends with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Then many things happens! The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite stories when I was a child.Although it was made for children, I think everyone can enjoy reading it.
roseannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the classic story of Dorothy, the yellow brick road, etc. The story all of us know. Except with a lot of other things that weren't in the movie at all! All kinds of crazy things, some of which would have been too violent for the movie! It's a charming tale with some really cute illustrations. after reading the second one I liked the second one better because of the illustrations in the second one are different and I liked them better and the fact that this one seemed so strange after being so familiar with the movie and having so many extra and changed things in this one. I see this as a self-chosen book for kids who are reading their own chapter books, or as a choice in a fantasy unit.
kaionvin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't think many more than a few fans of L. Frank Baum's 14-book Oz series claim The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a favorite. Speaking as a childhood Oz fan myself, I always considered this as not much more than a forgettable set-up for the much more interesting excursions that occur later in the series (with Ozma, and Glinda, and Captain Bill, and *insert your favorite combination of characters here*).Rereading this now, as an adult, it's easy to see why: Baum's prose here is rather stilted and almost dour at times. It's not helped along by W. W. Denslow's illustrations, which, while rather intelligently using the limited color-printing to great effect, interpret Oz almost as a toy land. His Dorothy and crew in action seem almost dumpy and static, posed doll-like even, in comparison to the more sprightly drawings of John R. Neill (illustrator of the remaining 13 books by Baum, and the next 24 canon Oz books, including three he penned himself).Yet in one way, Baum was entirely successful: he created a new American fairy tale. His talent for creating memorable characters created from both pillaged archetypes (echoes of parables and folktales abound) and strange invention is in full force here. And they tap into symbolic universal struggles. The iconic Dorothy, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, the humbug Wizard- they¿ve become intrinsic within pop culture. In that way, I¿m really glad I reread it, not taking my own memories, ¿the populist interpretation¿, Wicked, etc- as ¿good-enough¿ readings of the text.This Oz isn¿t the Technicolor dreamland of the 1939 MGM musical; this isn¿t the joyful utopian adventure-land I remember. The land of Oz surprised me in both its simplicity and dangerous charm. The characters astounded me over and over again: Dorothy¿s blessed frank and common-sense nature, the Scarecrow philosophical argument about the benefits of mind over heart, the Wizard¿s people-pleasing nature, the Tin Man¿s combination of compassionate heart and brutal ax hand. Please don¿t take my word for it- it¿s something new and something old¿ and unforgettable.
betsyeggers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book to read, especially if you love the movie, but you must be aware that the book is considerably different than the movie. I think this is a case where the majority of people will have seen the movie before reading the book, and therefore may not like the book. For example, the Emerald City is actually white, did you know that? They also encounter many talking animals such as a stork that saves the scarecrow and a mouse who is a queen. This book is much more detailed than the movie, as most books are.I would recommend this book for my library (medium public library).
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favourites! I just recently finished reading this (again), but this time to my 6yob. If you've only seen the movie, be warned, the book is very different. The whole wicked witch story comprises only one chapter of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
L. Frank Baum has created a magical world, and a wonderful cast of characters in this classic fairy tale. In this first book, Baum explores the desire for brains, courage, and heart, things that many people wish they had. As the story progresses, they each prove again and again that they have the things that they want, but they don't really believe it. This shows the element of human nature that self-evaluation isn't always correct. This book should be read by any who love fairy stories. Dorothy is a resourceful girl who easily makes friends with her kindness and intelligence. The adventures she goes on strengthens her conviction to return home as well as her bonds to her new friends. A magical adventure that I have gone on again and again, this book is a purely American, purely imaginative novel that children and adults alike can and should read at least once in their lives, whether or not you keep reading the rest of the series.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Since I recently saw the touring version of Wicked in Denver, I thought it would be an interesting idea to read the original work that it had re-imagined. I'd never read the book and had only seen the Judy Garland movie. The book was as different from the movie (e.g. no ruby slippers) as Wicked was from both the movie and the book. The book basically tracks the adventures of a girl whose house is picked up by a tornado and it and her are dropped on top of the Wicked Witch of the East in the Land of Oz. Along the way she meets a cast of strange characters on her quest to reach the Wizard of Oz in order to return home. Not as dark as I was expecting and the journey is broken down into short sub-plots. This makes it perfect for reading to your kids before bedtime. The story also has several lessons that can be taken from it such as don't doubt yourself, never give up and you already possess all of the abilities you need - just look inside. A cute and fun tale for children of all ages.
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grandma38 More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter is 10 and reads "everything", so I decided to start her on the Wizard of Oz series as I have read most of them and really enjoyed the books. They are a great way to get away to another place and use your imagination. I got her this one and book 2 of the series. They are very nice books, great cover art and illustrations that help fuel your imagination. I will purchase the rest of the books in this series for her and recommend them as gifts for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago