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The only edition of L. Frank Baum's classic with full-color illustrations based on the original art by W. W. Denslow now comes with two audio CDs! The abridged text makes the beloved tale of Dorothy and her travels accessible to even the youngest readers and fosters the development of reading skills. The CDs offer enchanting companionship on road trips, picnics, and other family events.

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The only edition of L. Frank Baum's classic with full-color illustrations based on the original art by W. W. Denslow now comes with two audio CDs! The abridged text makes the beloved tale of Dorothy and her travels accessible to even the youngest readers and fosters the development of reading skills. The CDs offer enchanting companionship on road trips, picnics, and other family events.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486477251
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/17/2010
  • Series: Dover Read and Listen Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 733,548
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (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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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


By L. FRANK BAUM, W. W. Denslow

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 Dover Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-17380-1



CHAPTER 1

THE CYCLONE AND THE MUNCHKINS

DOROTHY LIVED on the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife. Their house was small. There were four walls, a floor and a roof. Uncle Henry and Aunt Em had a bed in one corner, and Dorothy had a little bed in another corner. There was no cellar—except a small hole called a cyclone cellar, where the family could go in case one of those great whirlwinds arose. It was reached by a trap-door in the middle of the floor.

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. She was thin and gaunt, and never smiled, now. When Dorothy, who was an orphan, first came to her, Aunt Em had wondered that Dorothy could find anything to laugh at.

Uncle Henry never laughed. He was gray also, from his long beard to his boots, and he 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 hair and small black eyes. Toto played all day long, and Dorothy played with him, and loved him dearly.

Today, however, they were not playing. Uncle Henry 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 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 they saw ripples in the grass coming from that direction also.

"There's a cyclone coming, Em," Uncle Henry called to his wife; "I'll go look after the stock."

"Quick, Dorothy!" Aunt Em 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 threw open the trap-door in the floor and climbed down the ladder. 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.

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 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.

Hour after hour passed away. In spite of the swaying of the house and the wailing of the wind, Dorothy soon closed her eyes and fell fast asleep.

She was awakened by a shock. Dorothy sat up and noticed that the house was not moving; bright sunshine came in at the window. She sprang from her bed and with Toto at her heels ran and opened the door.

The cyclone had set the house down very gently—for a cyclone—in the midst of a country of marvelous beauty. There were lovely patches of green meadow, with trees bearing luscious fruits. Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and birds with brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees. A little way off was a small brook.

While she stood looking at the strange and beautiful sights, she noticed coming toward her a group of the oddest people she had ever seen. They seemed about as tall as Dorothy, who was a well-grown child for her age, although they were, so far as looks go, many years older.

Three were men and one a woman, and all wore round hats that rose to a small point above their heads, with little bells around the brims. The hats of the men were blue; the little woman's hat was white, and she wore a white gown; over it were sprinkled little stars.

When these people drew near the house where Dorothy was standing in the doorway, they paused and whispered among themselves, as if afraid. But the little old woman walked up to Dorothy, made a low bow, and said, "You are welcome, noble Sorceress, to the land of the Munchkins. We are so grateful to you for having killed the Wicked Witch of the East, and for setting our people free from bondage."

What could the little woman possibly mean by calling Dorothy a sorceress, and saying she had killed the Wicked Witch of the East?

"You are very kind," said Dorothy, "but there must be some mistake. I have not killed anything."

"Your house did, anyway," replied the little old woman; "and that is the same thing. See!" she said, pointing to the corner of the house; "there are her two shoes, sticking out from under a block of wood."

Dorothy looked, and gave a little cry of fright. Two feet were, indeed, sticking out, shod in silver shoes with pointed toes.

"The Wicked Witch of the East," said the little woman, "has held all the Munchkins in bondage for many years, making them slave for her night and day. Now they are all set free, and are grateful to you for the favor."

"Who are the Munchkins?" asked Dorothy.

"They are the people who live in this land of the East. I am their friend, although I live in the land of the North. I am the Witch of the North."

"Are you a real witch?" asked Dorothy.

"Yes," answered the woman. "But I am a good Witch, and people love me. I am not as powerful as the Wicked Witch was who ruled here; or I should have set the people free myself."

"But I thought all witches were wicked," said the girl.

"Oh, no. There were only four witches in all the Land of Oz, and two of them, those who live in the North and South, are good witches. Those who lived in the East and the West were, indeed, Wicked Witches; but now that you have killed one of them, there is but one Wicked Witch in all the Land of Oz—the one who lives in the West."

"But," said Dorothy, "Aunt Em, who lives in Kansas, where I come from, has told me that the witches were all dead."

The Witch of the North seemed to think for a time, then said, "I do not know where Kansas is. But tell me, is it a civilized country?"

"Oh, yes," replied Dorothy.

"Then that accounts for it. In the civilized countries there are no witches left; nor wizards, nor sorceresses. But, you see, the Land of Oz has never been civilized, for we are cut off from the rest of the world."

"Who are the Wizards?" asked Dorothy.

"Oz himself is the Great Wizard," answered the Witch. "He is more powerful than all the rest of us together. He lives in the City of Emeralds."

The Munchkins, who had been standing silently by, gave a loud shout.

The little old woman turned to look. The feet of the dead Witch had disappeared and nothing was left but the silver shoes.

"She was so old," explained the Witch of the North, "that she dried up in the sun. But the silver shoes are yours." She reached down and picked up the shoes, and after shaking the dust out of them handed them to Dorothy.

"There is some charm connected with them," said one of the Munchkins, "but what it is we never knew."

Dorothy set the shoes down in the house, and then said, "I am anxious to get back to my Aunt and Uncle. Can you help me find my way?"

They explained to her that there were deserts surrounding every direction around Oz. "I'm afraid, my dear," said the old lady, "you will have to live with us."

Dorothy began to sob, for she felt lonely among all these strange people. The little old woman took off her cap and balanced the point on the end of her nose, while she counted "one, two, three." At once the cap changed to a blackboard, on which was written in big, white chalk marks: "LET DOROTHY GO TO THE CITY OF EMERALDS.

"You must go to the City of Emeralds, Dorothy," said the woman. "Perhaps Oz will help you."

"Is he a good man?" asked the girl.

"He is a good wizard. Whether he is a man or not I cannot tell, for I have never seen him."

"How can I get there?" asked Dorothy.

"You must walk. It is a long journey, through a country that is sometimes pleasant and sometimes terrible. However, I will use all the magic arts I know of to keep you from harm. I will give you my kiss, and no one will dare injure a person who has been kissed by the Witch of the North."

When her lips touched the girl's forehead they left a round, shining mark.

"The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick," said the Witch; "so you cannot miss it. When you get to Oz, tell your story and ask him to help you. Goodbye, my dear."

The Witch gave Dorothy a friendly nod, whirled around on her left heel three times, and disappeared, much to the surprise of Toto, who barked after her loudly enough when she had gone, because he had been afraid even to growl while she stood by.

Dorothy began to feel hungry. She went to the cupboard and cut herself some bread, which she spread with butter. She gave some to Toto, and carried a pail down to the little brook and filled it with water. Then after a good drink of the cool water for herself and then Toto, she set about making ready for the journey.

She dressed herself in her clean gingham dress, with checks of white and blue, and tied a pink sunbonnet on her head. She took a little basket and filled it with bread. Then she looked down at her feet and noticed how old and worn her shoes were.

She remembered the silver shoes that had belonged to the Witch of the East and tried them on. They fitted her as well as if they had been made for her.

"They would be just the thing to take a long walk in," she said to Toto.

And so, with Toto trotting along behind her, she started on her journey.

There were neat fences at the sides of the road, painted blue, and beyond them were fields of grain and vegetables. Evidently the Munchkins were good farmers and able to raise large crops. The blue houses of the Munchkins were round, with a big dome for a roof.

Towards evening, when Dorothy was tired, she came to a large house. On the green lawn before it many men and women were dancing. The people greeted Dorothy and invited her to supper and to pass the night with them.

Dorothy ate a hearty supper and was waited upon by a rich Munchkin, whose name was Boq. When Boq saw her silver shoes he said, "You must be a great sorceress. You wear silver shoes and have killed the Wicked Witch. You have white in your frock, and only witches and sorceresses wear white."

"My dress is blue and white checked," said Dorothy.

"It is kind of you to wear that," said Boq. "Blue is the color of the Munchkins, and white is the witch color; so we know you are a friendly witch."

The next morning, Dorothy asked, "How far is it to the Emerald City?"

"I do not know," answered Boq. "But it will take you many days. The country here is rich and pleasant, but you must pass through rough and dangerous places before you reach the end of your journey."

CHAPTER 2

THE SCARECROW, THE TIN WOODMAN AND THE COWARDLY LION

SHE TOLD her friends goodbye, and again started along the road of yellow brick. When she had gone several miles she thought she would stop to rest, and so climbed to the top of the fence beside the road and sat down. There was a great cornfield beyond the fence, and not far away she saw a Scarecrow, placed high on a pole to keep the birds from the ripe corn.

The Scarecrow's head was a small sack stuffed with straw, with eyes, nose and mouth painted on it to represent a face. An old, pointed blue hat was perched on this head, and the rest of the figure was a blue suit of clothes which had also been stuffed with straw. On the feet were some old boots.

While Dorothy was looking into the odd, painted face of the Scarecrow, she was surprised to see one of the eyes wink at her. She thought she must have been mistaken, at first, for none of the scarecrows in Kansas ever wink; but presently the figure nodded its head to her. Then she climbed down from the fence and walked up to it, while Toto ran around the pole and barked.

"Good day," said the Scarecrow.

"Did you speak?" asked the girl.

"Certainly," answered the Scarecrow. "How do you do?"

"I'm pretty well, thank you," replied Dorothy; "how do you do?"

"I'm not feeling well," said the Scarecrow, "for it is very boring being perched up here night and day to scare away crows."

"Can't you get down?" asked Dorothy.

"No, for this pole is stuck up my back. If you will please take away the pole I shall be greatly obliged to you."

Dorothy reached up both arms and lifted the figure off the pole; for, being stuffed with straw, it was quite light.

"Thank you very much," said the Scarecrow, when he had been set down on the ground. "Who are you? And where are you going?"

"My name is Dorothy, and I am going to the Emerald City, to ask the great Oz to send me back to Kansas."

"Where is the Emerald City?" he asked. "And who is Oz? I don't know anything. You see, I am stuffed, so I have no brains at all. Do you think if I go to the Emerald City with you, that the great Oz would give me some brains?"

"I cannot tell," she answered. "But you may come with me, if you like."

"Thank you," he said.

They walked back to the road and started along the path of yellow brick for the Emerald City.

Toto did not like this addition to the party, at first. He often growled at the Scarecrow.

"Don't mind Toto," said Dorothy, to her new friend; "he never bites."

"Oh, I'm not afraid," said the Scarecrow, "he can't hurt the straw. I'll tell you a secret; there is only one thing in the world I am afraid of. A lighted match."

After a few hours the road began to be rough. There were fewer houses and fewer fruit trees. At noon they sat down by the roadside and Dorothy opened her basket and got out some bread. She offered a piece to the Scarecrow, but he refused.

"I am never hungry," he said; "and it is a lucky thing I am not. For my mouth is only painted, and if I should cut a hole in it so I could eat, the straw I am stuffed with would come out, and that would spoil the shape of my head."

Dorothy saw that this was true, so she went on eating her bread.

The Scarecrow asked her about herself, and she told him all about Kansas, and how gray everything was there.

The Scarecrow listened and then said, "I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas."

"That is because you have no brains," answered the girl. "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."

The Scarecrow sighed. "Of course I cannot understand it," he said. "If your heads were stuffed with straw, like mine, you would probably all live in the beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all. It is fortunate for Kansas that you have brains."

Towards evening they came to a great forest, where the trees grew so big and close together that their branches met over the road of yellow brick.

"I see a little cottage at the right of us," said the Scarecrow, "built of logs and branches. Shall we go there?"

"Yes, indeed," said the child. "I am all tired out."

So the Scarecrow led her through the trees until they reached the cottage, and Dorothy entered and found a bed of dried leaves in one corner. She lay down at once, and with Toto beside her soon fell into a sound sleep. The Scarecrow, who was never tired, stood up in another corner and waited patiently until morning came.

When Dorothy awoke the sun was shining through the trees. There was the Scarecrow still standing in the corner, waiting for her.

When she had finished her breakfast of bread and water, and was about to go back to the road of yellow brick, she heard a deep groan near by.

She and the Scarecrow turned and walked through the forest a few steps. One of the big trees had been partly chopped through, and standing beside it, with an uplifted axe in his hands, was a man made entirely of tin. His head and arms and legs were jointed upon his body, but he stood perfectly motionless, as if he could not stir at all.

"Did you groan?" asked Dorothy.

"Yes," answered the tin man; "I did. I've been groaning for more than a year, and no one has ever heard me before or come to help me."

"What can I do for you?" she asked.

"Get an oil-can and oil my joints," he answered. "They are rusted so badly that I cannot move them at all; if I am well-oiled I shall soon be all right again. You will find an oil-can on a shelf in my cottage."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. FRANK BAUM, W. W. Denslow. Copyright © 2010 Dover Publications, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of Dover Publications, Inc..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Page,
1 - THE CYCLONE AND THE MUNCHKINS,
2 - THE SCARECROW, THE TIN WOODMAN AND THE COWARDLY LION,
3 - THE JOURNEY TO THE GREAT OZ,
4 - THE EMERALD CITY AND THE WIZARD,
5 - THE WICKED WITCH,
6 - THE WIZARD'S SECRET,
7 - THE WIZARD'S GIFTS AND DEPARTURE,
8 - GLINDA AIDS DOROTHY,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Allegory Makes for a Good Story

    I have always loved the Wizard of Oz, it was probably the first live action film I ever saw and has greatly affected my life, fostering my love of musicals into something more than Disney ever could. I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Then I read the book when I was seven, I had just discovered it in my Grandfather's attic, and I decided that the book was by far superior. The story was longer, there was backstory, and it didn't have the weak, 'It was all a dream' ending, which I had always found disappointing. My love of the book was reaffirmed last year in my U. S. History class when the allegory of the novel was discussed in a featured essay, relating it to the argument between the gold and silver standard of the late 1800s. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially children with imaginations that need space to grow.

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Bringing Back a Childhood Classic

    Since I was a child, my favorite movie has always been The Wizard of Oz. I can remember having the entire collection of plastic Oz characters, a Wizard of Oz lunch box, sleeping bag, and of course the famous back pack. I dressed up as Dorothy at least twice for Halloween and forced my dog along the way acting as Toto. But something I had never realized was that I never read the book. Recently comming across the opportunity to do so, I find the book just as amazing as the movie--if not better. Although I couldn't seem to get the image of Judy Garland out of my mind, I found that Dorothy is more adventureous than ever in Baum's novel. By reading The Wizard of Oz readers find out that the Land of Oz is even more fantastic than portrayed in the film version. Dorothy and company befriend a Queen of Mice, a China Princess, and even the King of the Flying Monkeys. Reading Baum's novel made me realize the wonders of being a child and visioning the fantastic voyage of Dorothy; however, the novel also made me realize that The Wizard of Oz is not only for children, but for adults as well. Reading this novel gives adults a chace to escape from the chaos of everyday life and enter a world full of wonder and excitement (not to mention the chance to revisit childhood). Baum's novel reminds us the of meaning of friendship, courage, love, and most of all that 'there is no place like home.' I recommend readers of all ages to revisit this timeless classic and enter into the Wonderful World of Oz.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful

    I have seen the original movie, the Sci-fi channel sequel and the 80's anime cartoons but never actually read the book. After reading Wicked, Son of a witch and a Lion among men I wanted to read a little more about the original work that these stories were based on. I took my time in purchasing the right copy for me because there are many version of this story and I wanted to get the closest thing to the original. I was so pleased when I found this version and when I sat home and read it I was even more pleased to find that for a "child's" book it was actually gripping. The illustrations are also wonderfully done and they help to visualize the story very effectively.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    We're Off to Read the Wizard!

    Can you imagine that during World War II, two Australian brigades in North Africa actually marched into battle singing, 'We're off to see the Wizard/The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'? This just goes to show the appeal The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has, not only to children, but also to those special adults young in spirit. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a fantasy written by L. Frank Baum. It tells the story of Dorothy, a young farm girl from Kansas who is carried away by a cyclone to a strange land called Oz. In order to return home, she must travel to its capital, Emerald City, and ask the assistance of the Wizard of Oz. On her journey along the Yellow Brick Road, she meets three companions, a tin woodman, a talking scarecrow, and a cowardly lion with whom she has a series of adventures. Each has their own quest and individual wishes to fulfill. Upon reaching the Emerald City, Oz promises to fulfill their wishes if one of them first kills the Wicked Witch of the West. In my opinion, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz teaches, in a most entertaining way, a valuable lesson to all its readers - look no further for happiness than within yourself. Obviously, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a book worth reading. In addition to its entertainment value, it also inspires its readers to be happy with what they already possess. The characters in the story, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion desperately desired things that they thought would make them happy, when in reality, they already possessed those things. True happiness has to come from within and the search for happiness should always begin there. This a valuable lesson for us all.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    Awesome book!!

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is an exciting fantasy book. At some times it left me on the edge of my seat. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is mostly about the obstacles Dorothy endures to get back to Kansas to see her Aunt Em. I think the reason L. Frank Baum wrote this book was to show that Dorothy would do anything to see the people she loves. Things happen for a purpose, and if they didn¿t, you could miss out on a journey of a lifetime. In this riveting book there are various settings. In the beginning of the book Dorothy is in Kansas, living with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. When L. Frank Baum describes it, Kansas seems like a very dry and boring place to live. That lead me to think Dorothy really loves her Aunt and Uncle, because she doesn¿t care where she lived, as long as she¿s with them. After a terrible tornado that sends their house spinning in the air, Dorothy was in Munchkin Land. She meet three small munchkins. The good witch of Munchkin Land tells her the Great Oz of Emerald City may be able to help her get back to wherever she¿s from. Dorothy makes her way down the yellow brick road. Surprisingly, a scarecrow talks to her. Dorothy invites him to go on the journey with her and her little dog, Toto. The scarecrow is in search of brains, and thinks that without brains he is miniscule in his society and only exists to scare pesky crows. As Dorothy, Toto and scarecrow continue down the road they see a rusty Tin Man holding an ax in midair as if frozen. After some mumbling, Dorothy grabs an oil can and lubricates it¿s limbs until it can move again. The Tin Man says he would like a heart because he is made of tin. As they carry on with their pursuit to see the Wizard of Oz, a monstrous lion tries to hurt little Toto. This is because he is a coward and scares innocent creatures to make himself look tough. The lion is in search of bravery. Dorothy then invites him to go with them to the land of Oz. All of them in need of something from the Great Oz, they start their journey. They undergo many obstacles on their journey to the great and wonderful Oz, but somehow got through by using the materials they have. `¿How shall we cross the river?¿ asked Dorothy. ¿That is easily done,¿ replied the Scarecrow. ¿The Tin Woodman must build us a raft, so we can float to the other side.¿¿ This shows each of the characters has something special in their group that will help them get through rough patches. Each of the characters pitch in. I think the description of the settings were very helpful when I was trying to create a mental picture of the scenario. ¿To their great joy the trees became thinner the further they advanced, and in the afternoon they suddenly came upon a broad river, flowing swiftly just before them. On the other side of the water they could see the road of yellow brick running through a beautiful country, with green meadows dotted with bright flowers and all the road bordered with trees hanging full of delicious fruits.¿ The paragraph above just demonstrated the sort of details of setting, which is scattered throughout the book. When Dorothy, scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and little Toto get the The Emerald City of Oz, they each have to go in on different days. Although Oz tells them all the same thing. What is it? Well you¿re going to have to read the book to find out! I think that the book was very violent, more violent than I was expecting. For example: there were a lot of beheadings due to the Tin Man. That¿s sending a message to children that to solve problems, they can hurt things and the problem is solved....no problem. Children don¿t realize there are consequences to their actions. Although I don¿t like comparing books to movies, the movie is so much different from the book. The movie just has the story outline but not the juicy and exciting parts. There was so much more in the book than the movie. I was so glad I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz because I never had known what actually ha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2001

    Wonderful Indeed!

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic fairytale which helps you escape from the stress and trouble of reality. This book tells the story of Dorothy, who is carried away from her aunt and uncle in Kansas by a cyclone and thrown into the magical world of Oz, along with her dog Toto. The adventure and magic begin as soon as Dorothy arrives. For she is greeted by the munchkins and a good witch, only to find that she has killed a wicked witch and gains possession of her silver shoes, which the munchkins say have an unknown charm to them. Before sending them off Dorothy receives a kiss from the good witch and is then sent on a journey along the Yellow Brick Road to see the great wizard in the Emerald City. Fortunately, Dorothy and Toto are not alone on their journey. Along the way they gain companions who also wish to see the wizard. There is the scarecrow- he wants a brain, the tin woodsman- who wants a heart, and the cowardly lion- who wants some courage. Together they continue their adventures and face many strange things and impediments. Using their strengths they are able to pass most of the challenges both quickly and easily. Just when you think the story has come to its end, Baum ingeniously puts a spin on the story when they go into the Emerald City. The companions discover a terrible truth about the wizard which leads them into additional escapades and formidable tasks which set them back from reaching their goal. These struggles include wicked witches, flying monkeys, trees that attack when you go to near and many other bizarre creatures. Aside from the troubles that arise the companions meet many nice creatures and make many friends, such as the Winkies and the people of Emerald City. However, there is more to this story than just strange creatures and adventure. There are many hidden themes in the story including the importance of self- esteem and self- reliance. The themes are concealed behind the brain, heart and courage that the scarecrow, tin woodsman, and lion seek, but obviously already possess. Even Dorothy finds that she has to rely on herself to find her way home. Through this exciting adventure you may find yourself lost in the magical world of Oz. This enchanting story unmistakably has universal appeal which makes it a true classic. Baum did a wonderful job of creating such an imaginative book that leaves you wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Ggh

    It was super short and i thought it was the whole book it has 18 pages dont by it its cheap because theres nothing to really read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Awesome must read !!

    Good book Its way better than the movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Wonderful, Amazing

    This book is awesome and a good classic for kids

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The story is a classic and touching especially the scene with the wizard about how we are all amazing as long as we believe in ourselves its a book you'll want your children to read and pass down to there children. Though the story is over 100 years old it hasn't aged at all. Great for rainy days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    The book is a classic children story and a fascination to read, especially because of all the discrepancies from the classic Judy Garland movie.

    L. Frank Baum's classic tale is 100 years old. I had the pleasure of reading the original version.

    Just like in the classic movie, Dorothy is blown to Oz by a tornado from with the farmhouse where she lived in Kansas with her aunt and uncle. The house lands in Munchkiland and kills the Wicked Witch of the West.

    After realizing what has happened, Dorothy is met by the good with of the north who tells her that Dorothy should go to Emerald City to ask the great wizard to send her back to Kansas. Dorothy likes the SILVER shoes that the Wicked Witch of the West was wearing and she starts wearing them. For her safety, the good witch of the north gives Dorothy a kiss which marks her for protection.

    Dorothy starts following the yellow brick road and meets the scarecrow. After putting him down from the stick he was placed, the scarecrow befriends Dorothy and decides to accompany her to Emerald City to see if he can get a brain.

    Later they meet the Tin Man who was corroded while trying to cut a tree. After oiling him back, the Tin man tells Dorothy of his predicament. He was originally human but kept losing body parts which were replaced by tin. Finally he lost his chest and he was not able to get a heart in the replacement so he stopped loving. he wishes to accompany them to see if he can get his heart back.

    Next the meet the lion, who is looking for courage. He also joins the group.

    When they are in the poppy fields, Dorothy and Toto are carried by the Tin Man and the Scarecrow to safety, but the Lions falls asleep. They think they have lost him, until Dorothy rescues the Queen of the rats, who commands an army of rats to pull the lion from the poppy field in a cart that Tin Man makes, while Tin Man and Scarecrow push from behind.

    As they get to Oz, they are admitted to the city and made to wear green goggles.

    Oz grants each one of the a separate audition and presents himself in different shapes to all four but asking the same thing from each--in order to grant their wish they must kill the wicked with of the west.

    They set west for the adventure. The wicked witch of the West has only one eye, but can see everything in her land. When she sees the silver shoes she wants to kill all but Dorothy to get the shoes.

    She first send a pack of wolves to do the job, but the tin man kills them all with his ax. The she send a pack of crows to get them, but the Scarecrow scares them and one by one dismember them.

    After she sends her killer bees, but they hide Dorothy and the Tin Man takes on all the bees which die as they sting him.

    Then she send the Winkies, her slaves, and the Lion this time is the hero by roaring so loud that they all run away.

    Finally the witch gets her Golden Cap which had one more wish to ask from the flying monkeys. They capture all the gang, but the witch is scared of Dorothy because of the good witch's kiss and the shoes.

    The wicked witch tricks Dorothy to lose a shoe, but Dorothy gets mad and throws a pot with the dinner at the witch. The water in the pot melts the witch.

    I will say no more, but the book is so different from the book that it takes almost as long to finish the story, where each character finds where they want to live in Oz and Dorothy returns to Kansas.

    The book is a classic children story and a fascination to read, especially because of all the discrepancies from the classic Judy Garland movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    How could you heartless fans?

    This is the ORIGINAL made for children!!!!Yeah you watched the movie but THIS IS THE ORIGINAL STORY!!!I rate it 5 STARS!!!&star &star &star &star &starREALLY WORTH IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Wonderful Wizard of OZ

    Buy this TODAY!!!!!! Best book ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Awesome

    I LOVE this book the only thing i dont like is that dorothy has siver shoes and they dont capture the lion in the movie spolor alurt she dosent meet glenda till the end of the story oh and glenda doesnt have her pink bubble and her pink dress

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THEWIZARD OF OZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Outstanding Book!

    This book is so amazing! I've had other Robert Sabuda books, but this is definitely the favorite. Anyone who enjoys the Wizard of Oz will love all the special effects he is able to achieve!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    This book is AMAZING!!

    I love this story and my son loves pop up books. This is the most incredible pop up booki have seen yet. The first page as you open it the tornado spins. It tells the entire story with side panels that have pop ups also. The art work is great and each page will keep your kids and yourself totally wrapped up in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Plz answer if you can

    What happened to the beautiful pictures? I have read this book before from my elementary school's library and it had wonderful pictures in it that I loved to look at. (And yes, I know this is the same book.)

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    REVIEWED: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz WRITTEN BY: L. Frank Baum P

    REVIEWED: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    WRITTEN BY: L. Frank Baum
    PUBLISHED: May, 1900

    There really isn’t much more to say than has already been offered a thousand time over. This book is a timeless classic. I just read it to my son and can confirm that the story is touching for all ages. He’s five, I’m thirty-seven, and we enjoyed it together. My parents love it, grandparents love it, etc. There are not a lot of fiction works that are appealing to so wide an audience. If you don’t know the basic story, according to the movie at least, your childhood was a sham. The book includes additional passages and adventures which were left out of the MGM film; it’s also darker and more violent than the movie... and lacks the songs.

    Five out of Five stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Attention!!!

    People who give bad ratings should give a reason not to get the book. Instead of saying this book is stuipid. You can still say it's stuipid after you give the reason.

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