The Wizard of Oz

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Wordsworth Editions, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 142 pages
139 Reviews
When a huge cyclone transports the orphan Dorothy and her little dog Toto from Kansas to the Land of Oz, she fears that she will never see Aunt Em and Uncle Henry ever again. But she meets the Munchkins, and they tell her to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City where the Wonderful Wizard of Oz will grant any wish.On the way, she meets the brainless Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. The four friends set off to seek their heart's desires, and in a series of action-packed adventures they encounter a deadly poppy field, fierce animals, flying monkeys, a wicked witch, a good witch, and the Mighty Oz himself.
  

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I wished there more action :) and the a slower pacing. - LibraryThing
This seems very dated, and the writing somewhat clunky. - LibraryThing
Nondescript illustrations. - LibraryThing
I suspect a yankee revisionist plot. - LibraryThing
Reference to this moral is not subtle, either. - LibraryThing
The illustrations and the hardbound packaging. - LibraryThing

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Funny how my favorite parts of children's books never seem to make it onto the big screen unless Tim Burton makes the movie. Must just be my peculiar sensibilities. I love Boq and the Quodlings and ... Read full review

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This lavishly illustrated picture book is an abridged version of the original Wizard of Oz, first in the Oz series. The story bears similarities to the popular movie of the same name, but is quite ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
25
Section 3
30
Section 4
37
Section 5
42
Section 6
54
Section 7
59
Section 8
66
Section 9
78
Section 10
89
Section 11
124
Section 12
134
Section 13
138
Section 14
143
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About the author (1993)

Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz series, Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in New York. When Baum was a young man, his father, who had made a fortune in oil, gave him several theaters in New York and Pennsylvania to manage. Eventually, Baum had his first taste of success as a writer when he staged The Maid of Arran, a melodrama he had written and scored. Married in 1882 to Maud Gage, whose mother was an influential suffragette, the two had four sons. Baum often entertained his children with nursery rhymes and in 1897 published a compilation titled Mother Goose in Prose, which was illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The project was followed by three other picture books of rhymes, illustrated by William Wallace Denslow. The success of the nursery rhymes persuaded Baum to craft a novel out of one of the stories, which he titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some critics have suggested that Baum modeled the character of the Wizard on himself. Other books for children followed the original Oz book, and Baum continued to produce the popular Oz books until his death in 1919. The series was so popular that after Baum's death and by special arrangement, Oz books continued to be written for the series by other authors. Glinda of Oz, the last Oz book that Baum wrote, was published in 1920.

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