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L. Frank Baum's foreword 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.
L. Frank Baum Chicago, April, 1900.See all Editorial Reviews
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 1 month ago by joy
Have read over and over. Most people don't believe "OZ" is part of a seriesPublished 3 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 5 months ago by Fred
didn't expect a one volume 5' thick book
I enjoyed it immensely