The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Courier Corporation, May 1, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 198 pages
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A powerful tornado rips through the Kansas prairie catching Dorothy inside her home. Trapped inside the vortex, the home floats for hours. When the house finally lands on the ground again, it kills a wicked witch. Dorothy finds herself in new surroundings and is welcomed by the local inhabitants, the Munchkins, who tell her she is in Oz, surrounded by a great desert that cannot be crossed. Dorothy's only hope of escape is to see the great Wizard of Oz. On her journey to meet the Wizard, she is joined by some unusual friends who also want favors from the Wizard. But the Wizard will not help Dorothy and her friends unless they do something for him...

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This is a beautiful popup book. The pages are sturdy but I would recommend that children under the age of 67 look at the book with adult supervision only. The Emerald City popup is exquisite. Read full review

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I can't believe I never read this classic as a kid! I vividly remember the movie, with all its glorious technicolor, but I hadn't read the book up until now. I'm glad I did though, because it's definitely a wonderful and imaginative piece of work. Read full review

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The Cyclone
The Council with the Munchkins
How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
The Road Through the Forest
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
The Cowardly Lion
The Journey to The Great Oz
The Deadly Poppy Field
The Winged Monkeys
The Discovery of Oz the Terrible
The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
How the Balloon Was Launched
Away to the South
Attacked by the Fighting Trees
The Dainty China Country
The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts

The Queen of the Field Mice
The Guardian of the Gate
The Wonderful Emerald City of Oz
The Search for the Wicked Witch
The Rescue
The Country of the Quadlings
The Good Witch Grants Dorothys Wish
Home Again

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About the author (2002)

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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