The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz [Illustrated]

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One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, "There's no place like home."

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Overview

One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, "There's no place like home."

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-powered Wizard of Oz.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494395155
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/5/2013
  • Pages: 86
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Frank Baum
Not only is L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz one of the most enduring and magical children’s books ever written, it’s also -- with its adventurousness and its lessons of resourcefulness, friendship, courage, and self-reliance -- one of the most American.

Biography

Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Aunt Em -- where would our national psyche be without The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? L. Frank Baum, who created a story with an indelible, sometimes haunting impression on so many people, led a life that had a fairy-tale quality of its own.

Baum was born in 1856 to a family that had made a fortune in the oil business. Because he had a heart condition, his parents arranged for him to be tutored privately at the family’s Syracuse estate, “Roselawn.” As an adult, though, Baum flourished and failed at a dizzying variety of ventures, from writing plays to a stint with his family’s medicinal oil business (where he produced a potion called “Baum’s Castorine”), to managing a general store, to editing the Aberdeen Pioneer in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1897, following his mother-in-law’s advice, Baum wrote down the stories that he told his children. The firm of Way & Williams published the stories under the title Mother Goose in Prose, with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish, and Baum’s career as a writer was launched.

With the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, Baum gained instant success. The book, lavishly produced and featuring voluptuous illustrations by William Wallace Denslow, was the bestselling children’s book of the year. It also set a new standard for children’s literature. As a commentator for the September 8, 1900 New York Times described it, “The crudeness that was characteristic of the oldtime publications...would now be enough to cause the modern child to yell with rage and vigor...” The reviewer praised the book’s sheer entertainment value (its “bright and joyous atmosphere”) and likened it to The Story of the Three Bears for its enduring value. As the film industry emerged in the following years, few books were as manifestly destined for adaptation, and although it took almost four decades for a movie studio to translate Baum’s vision to film, the 1939 film did for the movies what Baum’s book had done for children’s literature: that is, raised the imaginative and technical bar higher than it had been before.

The loss of parents, the inevitable voyage toward independence, the yearning for home -- in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum touched upon a child’s primal experiences while providing a rousing story of adventure. As his health declined, Baum continued the series with 14 more Oz books (his publisher commissioned more by other authors after his death), but none had quite the effect on the reading public that the first one did. Baum died from complications of a stroke in 1919.

Good To Know

Baum founded the National Association of Window Trimmers and published a magazine for the window-trimming trade – he also raised exotic chickens.

Buam was married to Maud Gage, a daughter of the famous women’s rights advocate Matilda Joslyn Gage.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Floyd Akers, Laura Bancroft, George Brooks, Edith Van Dyne, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Louis F. Baum, Lyman Frank Baum (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 15, 1856
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chittenango, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      May 6, 1919
    2. Place of Death:
      Hollywood, California

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Eltanin Publishing version is the one to get

    I used to "buy" the free versions of all the classics, including the Wizard of Oz series. But the free versions don't have the illustrations. I didn't know what I was missing. But then I started looking at some of the Oz ebooks that do have the original illustrations. Some are terrible quality - only some of the images are included or they are really small or grainy. I'm so happy I stumbled upon Eltanin Publishing's series. They have done the first 4 books of the series so far. But something is wrong with the reviews - my reviews and others are showing up under other versions of the books. So make sure you find the Eltanin Publishing versions. They have ALL the images and they look great. I just search on "Eltanin Publishing" to find them.

    40 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Wow

    Im ten and my mom got me this book its great!!! Its pictures are beautiful and I can't stop reading! Finished it in a day highly recomend it ( :

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Best book ever

    It is a really good book and it shows a lot of details and is one of my favorites just like Alice in wnderland!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Adults of my age waited every year for this to come on TV. It was a big event. It's so nice to have a copy of the book.

    This is one of many Leatherbound Classics that I have purchased and it like the others does not disappoint. Beautiful leather cover makes this classic tale even more appealing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    No

    This is not illistrated like it said

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    People should know what they are getting into when buying this b

    People should know what they are getting into when buying this book. The story will vary from the movie. Nothing irks me more than when people complain about that...the book came first! It is a great, classic story and is wrapped beautifully in leather. Great addition!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Sucks

    Do not read

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Review admittedly not specific for this version... I had never b

    Review admittedly not specific for this version...
    I had never been much of a fan of the movie, and admit I don't recall much of it from my youth, but I'm quite sure there is a lot more to this book, even if it is terribly short. I very much enjoyed giggling at Mr. Baum's explanation for the story. In the copy I read (not sure if his forward is in this one or not), he states he intended this as a new style of fantasy tales for children. He was trying to get away from the old tales of fairys and dragons without losing the imaginative magic, but also trying to write something less scary... something more safe for young children to read or hear. Thinking of the movie and comparing it with the brothers Grimm, I figured he did a good job. Then I read this ... oh, my! While Grimm's tales might have frightened generations into youthful nightmares, they were not scary without cause. Wolves ARE frightening and dangerous... strangers should not be easily trusted.... and so on. I'm afraid Mr. Baum removed the fear, not the frightful realities. The lopping off of a creatures head, out of self-defense or not, is still rather creepy in my book. He simply made it sound matter of fact... no big deal. While less likely to cause nightmares, I find it just as disturbing to be so blasé about violence. But then, this was written in a much different time, and I'm sure that type of violence was much more common, thus not to be so fearful, even to a child.
    A definite need-to-read for anyone who has seen the movie but never read the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2011

    Luv u

    It is great

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Ehh

    I liked it but it needed more deatails to pull the reader in very disapointed movie is better

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    BEST BOOK EVER!

    You should get this if you can! From this book it's the best I've ever read! It's about Dorthy Gets sucked in a tornado and lands in a bueatiful land and meets friends on the way And much much more!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    I used to just watch the movie. Then I found out there was a boo

    I used to just watch the movie. Then I found out there was a book great . I picked it up and started to read it. This book is amazing and the pictures make me feel like I am reading the original book. I give this book five stars because the story is wonderful and so are the pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Wow

    I was toto in the play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Wizard of oz collection

    OMG totally want it but mom says no

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    LOL Love it!

    Four stars UP !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    The best

    The world best movie ever Omg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Cool

    Love this book so intresting and i love the end of the book so touching love the book ill go to barnes and noble to by more books insted of my nook i have space in my copars to fill mor books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Loved it

    A girl got in a tronato and went over the rainbow in to a magical
    Land

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Yo urgent

    I read this when i was in grade one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    I love the bokk

    IT IS THE BEST BOOK

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