The Wonderful Wizard of OzBook - 2011
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Baum set out to create a world in which “the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.” This classic series has 15 titles, and all are age-appropriate for young prolific readers.
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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and I noticed many interesting elements in this classic. A book becomes a classic by "standing the tests of time." Not many books are a classic. This was published in 1900 but it still reads well although it is more than a hundred years old. Baum wanted this to be an American fairy tale.
What is interesting about the book is that the main character: Dorothy and her new friends don't want to kill a bad thing and become heroes and heroines. (Even though they eventually triumph over the bad thing.) They just want something to make their life better. This book is a metaphor for a journey through life. It means everybody is seeking something in life.
I enjoyed the book and was hooked right away from the cyclone in chapter one. I would recommend this to all fantasy lovers.
Dorothy Gale was whisked away to a beautiful,magical land,and then strives to find her way home again
This is the wonderful adventures of Dorothy and Toto when they find themselves in Oz. They meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion while finding their way to the Wizard to get their hearts' desires. In the book, they see more of Oz than in the movie and the different districts are each unique with its own color. In the end, each character finds they already had their desire the whole time.
When Dorothy is swept away mysteriously in an enormous cyclone, she finds herself in the magical land of Oz. She learns she must find the Wonderful Wizard to help her get back home. On the way, she meets the the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion whom accompany her on her journey.
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