The Wizard of Oz

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Dover Publications, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 92 pages
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This delightful new version of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' has been specially prepared for young readers. Like the 1939 film classic, it streamlines the central story, happily retaining the rich character and flavor of the beloved original. Now young children can fully understand and enjoy Dorothy Gale's fantastic journey to the land of Oz and her memorable adventures with Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.

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User Review  - k12 - LibraryThing

Dorothy lives in USA.One day,she and her house were blown by a cyclone.And she went to a strange country called Oz. I had read this story when I was a little child.But,it made me wonder again.So,this story is very good Read full review

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User Review  - Alexis starks 42 - Goodreads

I think this book is a classic.It is one of my childhood memorys.I love the movie.BUt the book is way different than the movie and when i say diffferent i mean different. but its more enteresting. Read full review


The Cyclone and the Munchkins
The Scarecrow the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion
The Journey to the Great Oz

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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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