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Children's LiteratureWho can resist Dorothy and Toto and friends and their pilgrimage to the Emerald City? But how many children have actually read the original story? It is fascinating to re-encounter the true grayness of the Kansas prairie, a thoroughly-defeated Aunt Em, and Munchkins who retain their sober self-image rather than capering around yelling, "Ding dong, the Witch is dead!" But the movie, after all, is a different universe. So it is well to have yet another reissue of Baum's classic—but a "Charming Classics" Deluxe Edition? One begs to differ. Gone is the original title, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Gone are W.W. Denslow's extraordinary pictures. In fact, this edition boasts no illustrations at all, aside from a rather insipid recently commissioned cover. Ah, but a ruby slippers charm necklace has been added to the package—all to the good if it gets kids to actually crack open the book and read it. 2005 (orig. 1899), Harper Festival, Ages 8 to 12.