The Wizard of Oz (Oz Series #1)

The Wizard of Oz (Oz Series #1)

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by L. Frank Baum, Charles Santore, W. W. Denslow

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Join the wonderful world of Oz. Here is the original book that started the wonderful series and inspired the famous movie, in which Dorothy Gale is whisked from Kansas to the magical land of Oz where--with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman, and a Cowardly Lion--she sets off to find the illusive Wizard.
And don't forget these enchanting books of Oz:
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Join the wonderful world of Oz. Here is the original book that started the wonderful series and inspired the famous movie, in which Dorothy Gale is whisked from Kansas to the magical land of Oz where--with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman, and a Cowardly Lion--she sets off to find the illusive Wizard.
And don't forget these enchanting books of Oz:
Book 3: OZMA OF OZ

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Using a condensed version of Baum's original 1900 text, the illustrator provides us with his unique interpretation of this American fantasy. Dorothy and Toto still meet Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion on their way to Oz. Obstacles like the poppy field, flying monkeys and the fake wizard are met and overcome. Dorothy discovers what is truly valuable in life¾returning to gray old Kansas and the loving arms of her aunt and uncle. Santore has fun drawing the Cowardly Lion towering over his companions, bending the Wicked Witch of the West at outrageous angles, and painting Oz green, greener, and greenest. This shorter, centennial-celebration version with dynamic graphics may be just right to read to the younger set who wiggle too much to sit through the entire original version. 2000, Random House, $21.95. Ages 6 to 12. Reviewer: Chris Gill

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Random House Publishing Group
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Oz Series, #1
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4.16(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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Chapter I
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 were 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 in 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 sobergray; they had taken the red from her cheeks 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.
To-day, 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, 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 away 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, now there, barking loudly; but Dorothy sat quite still on the floor and waited to see what would happen.
Once Toto got too near the open trap-door, and fell in; and at first the little girl thought she had lost him. But soon she 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 to 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.

All new material in this edition is copyright © 1993 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am fourteen. I grew up as a young boy watching and loving the movie. At age nine or ten, I came across the book in a small bookstore in a mall. My parents bought it for me and I read it in a few days. I absolutely loved it. After reading the book, the movie isn't that great anymore; it's just another classic musical. The book is so amazingly descriptive and the movie left out or changed so much of the adventure, it's somewhat disapointing. I like all the characters much better in the book. I would tell you more detail of what lies between the wonderful covers of this wonderful book, but there are those who have yet to explore the world of Oz and I don't want to ruin it for them. This is one of my favorite books and I wish more people would pick it up and read it, instead of watching the half-(not appropriate word) job they did in the musical. Horray for L. Frank Baum!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book it has sooooooo much detail. In the movie it changes so many thing. I like the book better than the movie. I also read this book in school. My class was surprised how much it changed and how much they like it. After we read the book we watched the movie and my class was disapointed at how much they left out of the movie. I llllllllllllllllllllloooooooooovvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee this book sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much that I could have read this book seven million times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could be an adult book or anyones bok if they just took the tie to sit down and actully open the book and read yes read read read adults Naval83
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved wizard of oz because of it's descritive writing.Reading this book sometimes was the highlight of my day.I could relate all the characters,but mostly the lion because sometimes you don't want to be a coward.this book was GREAT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wizard of Oz was written in 1986 by Lyman Frank Baum, published by Exter Books and 150 pages, is fiction and about a girl and her dog who meet new people in their adventures through a strange land. There are four main settings for this book. The first part of the book takes place in Dorothy¿s house in Kansas. The second setting is in munchkin land, then the yellow brick road and the last setting is in Emerald City, the Land of Oz. The book is written in third person and the protagonist is Dorothy, the main character. On her journey Dorothy meets three people who come along with her to the great Oz. The first person she meets is the scarecrow he wants a brain because he is made out of straw. The second person she meets is the lion he wants courage because he is a coward. The third person she meets is the tin man he wants a heart because he is made out of tin. In the beginning of The Wizard of Oz Dorothy¿s house is blow in a tornado to Munchkin land there she meets a good witch and tells her that she wants to get back to Kansas. The good witch tells her to follow the yellow brick road to the city of Oz. On the yellow brick road she meets a scarecrow, a lion, and a tin man. One of the major events is that Dorothy¿s house gets blown from Kansas to Munchkin land. Another main event is when Dorothy makes it to the city of Oz with all of her new friends. The author achieved his purpose and the writing was very well organized and beautiful. There were not very many inconsistencies in the book it was very well thought out. The book was very good and interesting it was one of the few books that I liked. I would recommend this book to everyone it is and easy read but a good one. I think the grade level for this book should be around 4th or 5th grade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I abosolutley love it it is so cool i had to read it for summer readingand when i started i was on page 5when i finished i was on page 48 and i read it in 1 day people who have not read it you need to read it right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cinammonbunny More than 1 year ago
This book was written so long ago, but when you read it, it feels like you can understand every word! Usually, these classics are kind of hard to understand, because they were written so long ago. But this book, is great! You can fully understand it, the characters are great, and it is very descriptive. This is a book everyone should read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this particular issue of this classic story because of the cover. I am a Mary Engelbreit fan and purchase all of her books. Imagine my disappointment to open this sealed book to discover no inside illustrations. I have several copies of "The Wizard of Oz", I didn't need another, I just wanted to see Mary Engelbreit's interpretation of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One, this is a great book and the rest of the sereise is absalutly fabulous. And secontly, if you are triying to find your next amazing read, and you are looking at reveiws I have peice of advice...the reveiws ar all the same for every vertion of the origional text. It is an absalute time-suck and therefore very unnessisary. Please read this book seeing as it will benifit you. If you can't stand porly writen littature ( like myself ) you will appreciate this fictional peice. I speak as a child who can't stand a porly writen book. Read this book. It is truly amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this is a vary good book and its one of my favorites ive read this when i was 8 years old . This is vary appopite for childern under age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like poeple that don`t say mean things about books :)): ;/):
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Toto the dog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but (sorry barnes and noble) the sample wasnt good! It was only on page of the actual story. The rest was foreword and contents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsomw book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the wrost book i have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like a really good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All you complaining about this book... you know it was written for first-graders learning to read, right?
gingbud More than 1 year ago
I bought the Classic Illustrated Junior the Wizard of Oz for my Nook Color because my 5 year old son is a Wizard of Oz fanatic! We are always looking for new illustrated versions of the story for him. This edition is a nicely condensed form of the original story. Since reading a chapter book would be too much for his attention span, this book is a nice alternative. I would recommend it to anyone with young children or fans of any age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great u should read it this book would be great for little kids ages 5and up even though it says step up to reading who cares i swim and play softball and i would read it on meet day or agame great book i know some people look for books that are good for age so that is why i put it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a wonderful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son absolutly loves this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the movie and the book. They are both awsome.:) ;) =-]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it as a gift for a friend of my daughter, however I will definitely buy it for our home collection as well. It is beautifully illustrated and if you love Wizard of Oz you should have it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and gift necklace included! Wonderful as a gift!
martsie More than 1 year ago
I have read this story and seen the movie time and time, I'm sharing it with my granddaughter and we love it!