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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz Series #1)
     

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz Series #1)

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by L. Frank Baum, Susan Wolstenholme (Editor), W. W. Denslow (Editor)
 

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First published in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved children's books ever written. When Dorothy and Toto are suddenly swept off the plains of Kansas by a huge cyclone to the land of Oz, they meet up with some of the most endearing characters ever created - the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. Together they set off on a

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First published in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved children's books ever written. When Dorothy and Toto are suddenly swept off the plains of Kansas by a huge cyclone to the land of Oz, they meet up with some of the most endearing characters ever created - the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. Together they set off on a fantastic journey down the yellow brick road in search of the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Editorial Reviews

Christian Science Monitor
A delightful volume illustrated with haunting but witty illustrations that provide a fresh, anti-Hollywood interpretation of the story.
Chicago Tribune
Combines substance with style. Ray Bradbury offers a poetic, reverential introduction, and Michael McCurdy contributes appropriately eerie drawings.
New York Times Book Review
A revelation. As rich in emotion as they are in detail.
Washington Post Book World
Irresistible.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Viennese illustrator and Hans Christian Andersen Medalist Lisbeth Zwerger takes a fresh look at L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz in a large-format edition. Zwerger's fantastical, delicate, eccentric illustrations bear no resemblance to the vision of the movie; they make the classic tale new again. And readers can view the Emerald City through a pair of green-tinted glasses, provided in the back of the book.
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
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
After a tornado transports her to the land of OZ, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. This is a facsimile of the first edition including 24 original color plates and 130 two color illustrations. It is another story that parents can share from their childhood, and it is perfect for reading reading-aloud (a chapter a night).
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In a brief endnote, the Viennese illustrator writes of the challenge of bringing something new to this American classic. Indeed, for many, Dorothy and Judy are one and the same, and there are over 20 trade versions of the book in print (not to mention the various pop-ups and other spin-offs). Well, make room for this new edition anyway; it's a beauty. What strikes readers first is the glorious red and sophisticated design of the larger-than-life poppies on the cover. Then it's the sheen of the high-quality paper and the extravagant amount of white space. Zwerger's characters are completely original. Dorothy is diminutive and feminine with straight, cropped hair. The rotund Scarecrow is dressed in an enormous blue overcoat; his gentle visage resembles a snowman's. The Wicked Witch is depicted as a gray-blue "mountain," capped with a small head. She fills the space, and wolves stand at attention on her form. The pages are a tour de force of design, some with a single, small illustrative detail, others with figures racing across two pages. Yet, the artist's style remains subtle: there is much to learn from close inspection of posture, expression, and placement.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Zwerger (illustrator of Theodor Storm's Little Hobbin, 1995, etc.) creates characters who may, if not erase the MGM cast from the collective conscious of US readers, make them share some space therein. These tinkling, wafty creatures are very comfortable in Baumland—the creator did, after all, want this to be a fairy tale where "the heart-aches and nightmares are left out"—particularly the Scarecrow, with his stuffed-pillow head, conical hat, and tremendous girth. Zwerger doesn't try to overwhelm the story, and many of the pieces are small expressive exercises of her vision. In an illustrator's note, she says, "Baum's precise details—his vivid descriptions of the Munchkins, for example—make an illustrator almost superfluous." Actually, her paintings lead readers gracefully into the pages, to be surprised and entertained by the story they only think they know from the movie.

From the Publisher
“Baum was a true educator, and those who read his Oz books are often made what they were not—imaginative,
tolerant, alert to wonders, life.”—Gore Vidal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192839305
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Oz Series , #1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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Chapter One

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 are 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 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; theyhad taken the red from her checks 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.

Today, 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 ay 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, barking loudly; but Dorothy sat quit still on the floor and waited to see what would happen.

Once Toto got too near the open trap-door, and fell in; first the little girl thought she had lost him. But 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 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.

Meet the Author

L. Frank Baum was an author, poet, playwright, actor and filmmaker. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was his most famous work.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 15, 1856
Date of Death:
May 6, 1919
Place of Birth:
Chittenango, New York
Place of Death:
Hollywood, California
Education:
Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 162 reviews.
SamRose More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow...this is horrible...i could type a book better than this. I guess ill keep looking for the wizard of oz now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
GeneticBlue More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 ( :
ChefReiss More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The formatting is screwed up and many words on many pages are gibberish
Andrea Walker More than 1 year ago
Multiple errors in text and images. Not readable. Ridiculous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it ,it was like wathching a movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a really good book and it shows a lot of details and is one of my favorites just like Alice in wnderland!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started this book and i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would i want to archive this rediculous 1990's OCR debocle?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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HI am grace i am 19 i liked this book deacus it is a classic most people do not like classic but i think they might have a good time reading this and i do not like to read but give it a try . # Cool ness (:
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karenthelibrarian More than 1 year ago
this version from the internet archive (the free one) has some scans of the original printing, but the text is poorly transcribed to the point of being unreadable.  don't even bother.