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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)


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By now everybody knows - or should know, the tale about Dorothy and Toto. No matter what you believe, which theory is behind this (hi)story, there's just as many reasons to read or reread a series as Oz. Mine was nothing more than this beautiful clothbound classic! Isn't it pretty?!?! ( )
  NinaCaramelita | Mar 24, 2017 |
Dorothy is taken up into a cyclone away from her aunt and uncle in Kansas and with her dog Toto lands in a land called Oz. She has landed on the Wicked Witch of the East and the people rejoice, since it means they are freed from bondage. She goes to the Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City to ask the wizard to get her back to Kansas. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow who desires a brain, a tin woodman who desires a heart and a lion who desires courage. They all travel together and face challenges they must solve, like going across a river or traveling through the field of poppies. When they arrive, Oz tells them that they must kill the witch in order to receive their requests. When they return to him with the news that they had killed the witch they discover he is a humbug. He fakes giving Dorothy's companions their requests but can not get Dorothy home. He flies away in a balloon trying to get Dorothy home but she gets lost in a crowd of people. Her companions and her travel to Glinda to get her home. Once they arrive Glinda tells Dorothy to use her silver shoes to get her home. The three companions all have become rulers in the land of Oz and Dorothy is returned home.
The book was very different from the movie. Usually I like the book better than the movie with adaptations, but in this case I was a little disappointed. There were literary elements that were missing in Baum's writing. He was very dry with his dialogue that it didn't feel genuine and didn't let you connect with the characters. It was constant movement through each action in the story, no time to sit and think and enjoy the characters. The movie had a lot more feeling behind each character and I wish the book had shared this quality in its writing style. ( )
  JuliaTrinchero | Mar 17, 2017 |
I always loved this book since I was younger and even now. It just show's how you always have thing you thought you never had inside but in realty it was always there.This book is great for all ages. ( )
  jessica_haynes | Nov 7, 2016 |
I have not read the book yet, but I have watched the movie. It causes children imagination and a journey of enchantment through the land of oz. I believe that this story encourages children to be confidence in their selves, even when they are in danger.
  Taylor_skinner | Nov 3, 2016 |

This book definitely falls under the fantasy genre. The main character is a young girl living in a rural farm town of Kansas. She gets carried away to a magical place by a tornado. Throughout the story she meets up with different characters the lion, the scarecrow, and the tin man. Each character is missing something such as, a heart, courage, and a brain. Their plot revolves around the group traveling through different settings to find Oz. A magical land where each character can receive what they are looking for. Including Dorothy, the young girl who wants to go home. The end of the story depicts the reality that Dorothy was dreaming the whole time.

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I loved this story as a child. However, I only knew it through movie form. It was not till recently I found the book and read it. It is still a favorite of mine. The illustrations capture the authors view perfect. This book is great for all ages and considered a classic because of its' timeless quality.

Classroom Extension:

1. Journal Prompt- Have students think of a time when they were somewhere, but wanted to return home more than ever. Students need to turn that situation into an adventure and include different characters.
2. Character Day- Have students dress up as their favorite character from the book.
3. Journal Prompt- Have students choose a trait of one of the characters from the book and discuss the true meaning. For example, the lion wanted courage. Have students define the true meaning of courage as it relates to them. Describe a moment when they needed courage. ( )
  cwarren0123 | Oct 27, 2016 |
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Baum, Frank L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Denslow, W. W.main authorall editionsconfirmed
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McKee, DavidIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Copelman, EvelynCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to my good friend and comrade, my wife L. F. B.
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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.
"Take me home to Aunt Em!"
"Come along, Toto," she said. "We will go to the Emerald City and ask the great Oz how to get back to Kansas."
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Headline: Kansas girl
Enters strange new land; at once
Starts a killing spree.


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060293233, Hardcover)

One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, "There's no place like home."

Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powered Wizard of Oz.

This lavishly produced facsimile of the rare first edition contains all 24 of W. W. Denslow's original color plates, the colorful pictorial binding, and the 130 two-color illustrations that help make The Wonderful Wizard of Oz so special and enduring.

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After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

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