The Marvelous Land of Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz

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by L. Frank Baum
     
 

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First issued in 1904, L. Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz is the story of the wonderful adventures of the young boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz. Here he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as some new friends like Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump.

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First issued in 1904, L. Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz is the story of the wonderful adventures of the young boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz. Here he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as some new friends like Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump.

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ISBN-13:
9781537600734
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/11/2016
Pages:
136

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The Marvelous Land of Oz


By L. Frank Baum

Kessinger Publishing

Copyright © 2004 L. Frank Baum
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1419171941

Tip Manufactures a Pumpkin

In the Country of the Gillikins, which is at the North of the Land of Oz, lived a youth called Tip. There was more to his name than that, for old Mombi oftendeclared that his whole name was Tippetarius; but no one was expected to say such a long word when "Tip" would do just as well.

This boy remembered nothing of his parents, for he had been brought when quite young to be reared by the old woman known as Mombi, whose reputation, I am sorry to say, was none of the best. For the Gillikin people had reason to suspect her of indulging in magical arts, and therefore hesitated to associate with her.

Mombi was not exactly a Witch, because the Good Witch who ruled that part of the Land of Ozhad forbidden any other Witch to exist in her dominions. So Tip's guardian, however much she might aspire to working magic, realized it was unlawful to be morethan a Sorceress, or at most a Wizardess.

Tip was made to carry wood from the forest, that the old woman might boil her pot. He also worked in the corn-fields, hoeing and husking; and he fed the pigs andmilked the four-horned cow that was Mombi's especial pride.

But you must not suppose he worked all the time, for he felt that would be bad for him. When sent to the forest Tip often climbed treesfor birds' eggs or amusedhimself chasing the fleet white rabbits or fishing in the brooks with bent pins. Then he would hastily gather his armful of wood and carry it home. And when he was supposed to be working in the corn-fields, and the tall stalks hid him from Mombi's view, Tip would often dig in the gopher holes, or -- if the mood seized him -- lie upon his back between the rows of corn and take a nap. So, by taking care not to exhaust his strength, he grew as strong and rugged as a boy may be.

Mombi's curious magic often frightened her neighbors, and they treated her shyly, yet respectfully, because of her weird powers. But Tip frankly hated her, andtook no pains to hide his feelings. Indeed, he sometimes showed less respect for the old woman than he should have done, considering she was his guardian.

There were pumpkins in Mombi's corn-fields, lying golden red among the rows of green stalks; and these had been planted and carefully tended that thefour-horned cow might eat of them in the winter time. But one day, after the corn had all been cut and stacked, and Tip was carrying the pumpkins to the stable, hetook a notion to make a "Jack Lantern" and try to give the old woman a fright with it.

So he selected a fine, big pumpkin -- one with a lustrous, orange-red color -- and began carving it. With the point of his knife he made two round eyes, a three-cornered nose, and a mouth shaped like a new moon. The face, when completed, could not have been considered strictly beautiful; but it wore a smile so big and broad, and was sojolly in expression, that even Tip laughed as he looked admiringly at his work.

The child had no playmates, so he did not know that boys often dig out the inside of a "pumpkinjack, " and in the space thus made put a lighted candle to renderthe face more startling; but he conceived an idea of his own that promised to be quite as effective. He decided to manufacture the form of a man, who would wearthis pumpkin head, and to stand it in a place where old Mombi would meet it face to face.

"And then, " said Tip to himself , with a laugh, "she'll squeal louder than the brown pig does when I pull her tail, and shiver with fright worse than I did last yearwhen I had the ague!"

He had plenty of time to accomplish this task, for Mombi had gone to a village-to buy groceries, she said-and it was a journey of at least two days.

So he took his axe to the forest, and selected some stout, straight saplings, which he cut down and trimmed of all their twigs and leaves. From these he wouldmake the arms, and legs, and feet of his man. For the body he stripped a sheet of thickbark from around a big tree, and with much labor fashioned it into a cylinder of about the right size, pinning the edges together with wooden pegs. Then, whistlinghappily as he worked, he carefully jointed the limbs and fastened them to the body with pegs whittled into shape with his knife.

By the time this feat had been accomplished it began to grow dark, and Tip remembered he must milk the cow and feed the pigs. So he picked up his wooden manand carried it back to the house with him.

During the evening, by the light of the fire in the kitchen, Tip carefully rounded all the edges of the joints and smoothed the rough places in a neat and workmanlikemanner. Then he stood the figure up against the wall and admired it. It seemed remarkably tall, even for a full-grown man; but that was a good point in a smallboy's eyes, and Tip did not object at all to the size of his creation.

Next morning, when he looked at his work again, Tip saw he had forgotten to give the dummy a neck, by means of which he might fasten the pumpkinhead to thebody. So he went again to the forest, which was not far away, and chopped from a tree several pieces of wood with which to complete his work. When he returned he fastened a cross-pieceto the upper end of the body, making a hole through the center to hold upright the neck.

Continues...


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Meet the Author

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 - May 6, 1919), was an American author who was a specialist in children's books. He was particularly famous for his The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, a sensational hit among children and continues to do so.

He was better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum.

His stories have formed the basis for such popular films as The Wizard of Oz (1939), produced by the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).

Named "Lyman" after his uncle, Baum didn't like his first name much obviously and chose to be called by his middle name "Frank" instead.

Baum wrote about his purpose in introduction of his book: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written solely to pleasure children today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heart-aches and nightmares are left out."

Brief Biography

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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Marvelous Land of Oz 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Saccenti More than 1 year ago
These works are available in the public domain. You can get all the Oz books at Project G, including illustrated versions of most. BUT. It is all in the formatting. This review is for the Eltanin Publishing editions, which as of this writing has done the second and third books of the series (Marvelous Land and Ozma). They have done a masterful job in these two efforts. It is all about the illustrations. I prefer my kids to read books on our iPad. But, for books with illustrations, I have them read the paper versions instead. I haven't forgotten the illustrations, even so many years later, of the books I read as a child. And so I want my children to have the same experience. So the test for whether a children's ebook makes the cut for me is in the quality of the pictures. For books like the Oz series, books that are in the public domain, this means how well a job did the editor do formatting the text and scanning the illustrations. Results vary widely. Always "download the sample" if you are buying them here at B&N. Another thing to consider: did the editor include ALL the illustrations. Perhaps some were omitted, on a rush job. These "editors" are taking things from the public domain, formatting them, and selling them for a couple bucks. Fine. But are they doing a good job? Are they being thorough? I am very picky about this. I want my kids to have ALL the pictures, every one. Otherwise we will just read the paper book. But for the Oz books, there is one additional wildcard. Even some very fine versions on Project G still omit a particular kind of illustration: the "first-word-in-the-chapter" illustration. Baum's original books (and these are what are in the public domain) began most chapters with an illustration, and the first letter of the first sentence was integrated into the illustration. Almost without exception, ebook editors have been omitting these illustrations when reproducing the Oz series. Even very nicely done versions (check out the Ozma of Oz illustrated version on Project G for an example), without these beginning chapter illustrations, are going to be missing a lot of artwork. The Eltanin versions get it right. Text formatting is perfect (one expects nothing less on this front). The scans of the illustrations are sharp and clear (this can vary widely for other publishers, always download the sample!). And ALL illustrations are included. I do hope they continue the series for the other 12 books of the series. I would be interested in any of their other children's book projects, if they continue on at this high standard.
swan480 More than 1 year ago
A lot of PubIt classics are known for being poorly formatted with lots of errors. Not so with this one! This publisher clearly took their time with the formatting, and did an excellent job reproducing the illustrations. They even look good on the black and white of my original Nook! The result is a large file, but it's WELL worth it. I will be impatiently waiting for them to finish reproducing the rest of the books in the series!
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I want to read it the first one was so cool and i want to see what happens next
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Marvelous Land of Oz is the second book in L. Frank Baum's Oz adventures. We are treated to the further adventures of the Scarecrow (now the King of the Emerald City), The Tin Woodman (now an Emperor of his own kingdom), their new human friend Tip, Jack a magical pumpkin-man, a magical saw horse and a giant Woggle-bug. Not as "magical" as the original (or nearly as dark), but still a fun and sweet tale that gives us an all too brief return to the Land of Oz. Our heroes embark on an adventure to restore the Scarecrow to his thrown after being overthrown by a group of determined women with very sharp knitting needles. During their quest they overcome obstacles thrown at them by witches, fight nasty birds, enchant a couch with a "Gump" head on it, reunite with Glenda and search for Ozma, the rightful heir to the Emerald City throne. A fun and quick read that, while not as good as the first Oz book, still puts a smile on your face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it so much
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"Dawnpaw, I can help you!" I tell her, fighting back my own shock at my death. ~Echo
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Bas-Bleu51 More than 1 year ago
My sons have thoroughly enjoyed this series by L. Frank Baum. They find it a refreshing change from the every day. It only goes to prove that no matter what is going on in the big bad world, there is nothing like a good book and "no place like home" to read it in!
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