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Swept away from their Kansas farm by a wild cyclone, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, find themselves in a strange and magical place: the Land of Oz. A marvelous adventure begins as she makes new friends—the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. Together they set off down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. Can the Wizard send Dorothy and Toto safely home?

A simplified retelling of Dorothy's adventures after a cyclone...

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Overview

Swept away from their Kansas farm by a wild cyclone, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, find themselves in a strange and magical place: the Land of Oz. A marvelous adventure begins as she makes new friends—the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. Together they set off down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. Can the Wizard send Dorothy and Toto safely home?

A simplified retelling of Dorothy's adventures after a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz and she must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

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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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"Profusely illustrated with full-color paintings, rich in detail, romantic in mood, but with touches of comedy. They interpret the story beautifully, and they are particularly striking in depicting the setting." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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Faithful to L. Frank Baum's original story, this condensed version, which uses Baum's language, is a highly visual interpretation of the classic American fairy tale--a journey of colors as well as one through lands & adventures. 10" x 13". All ages
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812523355
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Series: Tor Classics Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Complete and Unabridged
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 970,002
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet 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.

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother's own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. She chose to illustrate Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas as her first book for children. It quickly hit the New York Times bestseller list and has become part of the holiday tradition for families across the country. Other treasured additions to a child's first bookshelf include Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose, Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas—both New York Times bestsellers—along with Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales and Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales.

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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The Wizard of Oz

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 ofthe 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; 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, 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 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 keepinghim 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2004

    What a wonderful book!

    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!!!

    40 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    I Love It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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.

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

    A very good book

    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.

    14 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Well written i like the good descriptions :)

    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

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    betsymetsybook

    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!

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2010

    I recommend this book to everyone it's a great read!

    The book "Wizard of Oz" is a great book, it's much more than just a children's fantasy. I would recommend this book to ANY reader, because the author Frank Baum was attempting to teach his audience of self-contradiction through the main characters of his story. All of the characters in this story portray self-contradiction in some way or another. Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, all lack some sort of self confidence which leads to self contradiction in this story. The Scarecrow believes he has no brain, but comes up with many useful schemes along their journey to Oz, such as building a boat to cross the lake and cutting down a tree to cross the gap in the Yellow Brick Road. The Tin Man believes he has no heart, but on their way to the Land of Oz, he is moved to tears by the misfortunes of others. For example, when he saw a cougar trying to hunt down the queen field mice, he began to weep. Then there is the Cowardly Lion who believes he has no courage, but actually he was the bravest one of the bunch, he helped them all by risking his life by jumping over the gap of the Yellow Brick Road. Not to mention he scared away the most ferocious beasts you could ever imagine. Then there was poor Dorothy, she thought she would never be able to go home, but when she got to the Land of Oz, she realized that all she had to do was believe of going home and click her heels.
    The author attempts to teach the reader a lesson about believing in yourself and the power of believing in, "I Can."

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    9/12year old

    Hey tell me if you like this book because i loved it

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    OK

    Luv it

    8 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Love it

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Cute

    My son absolutly loves this book.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    The Wizard of Oz

    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!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2009

    Disappointed

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    That sucked

    Why is the sample so short?!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    T

    This book is the wrost book i have ever read.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Children's book

    All you complaining about this book... you know it was written for first-graders learning to read, right?

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Make sure you look at the cover

    I guess I didn't take a look at the cover, but this is a stepping stone book. It's not the original.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Who wants to be friends?

    I love the movie and the book. They are both awsome.:) ;) =-]

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    I hate the samle

    Ad more to the sample i did not read the book but i read the sample i dont like it booooo foooooooo hate it

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Bad sample

    Only have one page to read boo

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Fine

    It was fine but wasted five bucks on a 7 page book

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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