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The Wizard of Oz

Written by L. Frank Baum
Published by Puffin Books
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What's The Wizard of Oz About

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Dorothy thinks she’s lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival… will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

What Kind of Book is The Wizard of Oz

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Violence: When a wildcat is chasing a field mouse, the Tin Woodman chops off its head to protect the mouse. The book describes the incident in minor detail.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

Quotes from The Wizard of Oz

  • “There is no place like home.”
  • “There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

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Who Wrote The Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum was a prolific American writer and theatre enthusiast. He is primarily known for <i>The Wizard of Oz </i>and the thirteen other titles in the <i>Oz</i> series.

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What Has L. Frank Baum Said About The Wizard of Oz

  • Baum’s Introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

    Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as “historical” in the children’s library; for the time has come for a series of newer “wonder tales” in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.

    Having this thought in mind, the story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.

    From the introduction to the book
Who does Dorothy inadvertently kill when her house lands in Munchkin land?
  1. The Witch of the North
  2. The Witch of the East
  3. The Witch of the West
  4. The Witch of the South
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July 11, 2013
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May 17, 1900
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