The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Courier Corporation, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 140 pages
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Since it was first published in 1900, 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' has enchanted readers of all ages with its lovable characters, gentle humor and quiet wisdom. This complete and unabridged edition of L. Frank Baum's beloved classic invites a new generation of readers to travel down the Yellow Brick Road with the delightful little girl from Kansas and her unusual friends. Dorothy, her little dog Toto, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion will charm boys and girls of today as much as they delighted children nearly a century ago.
 

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User Review  - humblewomble - LibraryThing

Just as good as the film (one of the few musicals I can stand) but in a completely different way. I find the book creepier. Should definitely give it a reread, as I'm too faint on the finer points of this one! Read full review

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User Review  - topperarnold - LibraryThing

I know I read this when I was a kid, but I don't have any memory of it. Had fun reading it again. This is so different from the 1939 movie version. I actually like this better. Since there are 14 Oz books, I may have to read them all! Read full review

Contents

The Cyclone
1
The Council with the Munchkins
11
The Road through the Forest
18
V1 The Cowardly Lion
30
V11 The Joumey to the Great Oz
36
V111 The Deadly Poppy 1ield
43
X1 The Wonderful Emerald City of Oz
61
X11 The Search for the Wicked Witch
73
X111 The Rescue
87
The Discovery of Oz the Terrible
99
XV1 The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
108
XV111 Away to the South
116
XX111 The Good Witch Grants Dorothys Wish
135
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About the author (1996)

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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