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NEW: December '06: We now also have an oversize large edition available for you. It has bigger text than our standard edition. ISBN code is 1905921004, type this into Amazon and you'll find it.
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.
L. Frank Baum Chicago, April, 1900.
Having read and collected the books as a child I'm more than pleased at having the chance to revisit these stories years later.
I mean that it is so intent on getting the stories together that there is no time for little things that make children's books good, i.e. pictures.
This book is condensed, I mean two pages printed on one page so the lettering is very small and none of the original art work is included.
I only gave it 4 stars because I didn't realize until I got the book that it has double columns and is a little difficult to read due to such small print.Published 1 month ago by Nicole Dawn Coats
Bought as a gift and they really liked it. The print is a little small though.Published 2 months ago by Kellie Conrad
Some are good some are bad. It's super old so everyone has copied the best parts and used them for thier own purposes. Overall good deal if you want the Full wizard of Oz stories.Published 6 months ago by roberto delatore
I love everything about the Wizard of Oz, I have read the books by McGuire, and saw the 1939 movie, and Return to Oz movie, but I felt I needed more of Baum's background about Oz... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elaine Carey