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15 Books in 1: L. Frank Baum's Original "Oz" Series. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, The Patchwork Girl Of Oz, Little Wizard Stories of Oz, Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow Of Oz, Rinkitink In Oz, The Lost Princess Of Oz, The Tin Woodman Of Oz, The Magic of Oz, and Glinda Of Oz. Paperback – July 26, 2005
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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.
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a nice solid book, well bound, quite thick (700 plus pages) that makes a good gift. The cover is colorful, and it looks like it'll last for years, even with a bit of mishandling from kids.
You get all of the L. Frank Baum "Oz" stories, except for a few really obscure short stories that were published in the newspapers, where the Wogglebug from "Oz" visits the USA.
The text is printed in two columns, but it's not hard to read - from looking at 'search-inside-the-book', it looks like the hardback is a bit easier to read than the paperback. There aren't any illustrations though.
For a kid who liked the first Oz book and wants to read the others, it's a lot cheaper than buying them all separately!
On balance, recommended, but it looks like it's worth getting the hardcover rather than the paperback.
The book itself is presently very directly; all the illustrations have been removed and the text has been divided into two columns on the page. For some readers it may present a challenge to read, but the book itelf is big enough that it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
This book is a must have for fans of the series who have lost, misplaced, or stored their books away. Pass it on to younger readers as well. Small child may enjoy the illustrations presented in other editions, but this big book is a quick read and many will find themselves totally taken by Oz's charm.
"Edits to 'The Patchwork Girl': 'coal-black' has been deleted from the phonograph's song; part of the description of the Tottenhots has been deleted. Edit to 'Rinkitink in Oz': part of the description of the Tottenhots has been deleted."
There is no explanation as to the reasons for these deletions, it is not mentioned in any of the descriptions of this book anywhere on the internet (including Amazon) that I can find AND I am unable to find a way to contact the publisher (Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax Ltd) to get more information on this. I do not buy books to read what someone else decides is right; I read books because I want to read what the AUTHOR wrote. I am extremely disappointed in this editorial license, the inability to contact the editor/publisher as well as the fact that this was not mentioned anywhere in the descriptions. Is this what the world is coming to - strangers deciding what we should be reading??????
Other reveiwers have commented on the small print. It is smaller than the average book, but not that small. I can hardly wait to start reading and be transported back to OZ.
Its definitely more aimed at adults reading aloud to kids (or big kids!), as it doesn't have pictures. But it does make a really good bedtime story book, as the chapters are quite short so you can do one each night. And it lasts for a very long time!
Overall, a really good value buy that doesn't feel cheap or shoddy. I'm glad I went for this one, rather than buying all the books separately (and more expensively).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for our teenage son who LOVES this series! We offered the iPad version, but he wanted the old-fashioned media version...great purchase!Published 4 months ago by Mickey
I just received this yesterday as scheduled......This is a beautiful book..a tome, in fact.....a great bargain for all 15 books in his series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by joy
Have read over and over. Most people don't believe "OZ" is part of a seriesPublished 8 months ago by Becky Woodruff
Intolerable amount of spelling errors throughout. That my third grader found.
Need address for a letter to the publishers. Unacceptable.
Book arrived really quickly and in good repair. I love these stories!Published 10 months ago by Fred