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The Wizard of Oz Hardcover – Abridged, October 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Abridged edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781402766251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402766251
  • ASIN: 1402766254
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Santore’s many awards include the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence, the prestigious Hamilton King Award, and the Alumni Award of the Philadelphia College of Art. His work has been exhibited in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and among the classic tales he has illustrated are Aesop’s Fables, The Fox & the Rooster, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White.


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Customer Reviews

How wonderful and beautifully illustrated this book is.
Cynthia Peach
A FAR superior re-telling of this story than the film version which barely resembles the original book.
Reader from California
My 4 year old grandson loves the pictures, and the story of course.
Chando

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Reader from California on June 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The author has done a terrific job adapting the book to this format, which requires some abridging and editing. Almost all of the important details of the story are left intact and almost all of the text in the book is taken straight from the original (rather than re-written and overly edited). The illustrations are phenomenal and as a fan of the original I loved having this version to introduce the story to my very young child. A FAR superior re-telling of this story than the film version which barely resembles the original book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pateacher on November 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I think this book is a must-have for any collector of children's story books. The first impression of some at my granddaughter's 5th birthday party was that it was much too wordy for her at this age. After her party, she asked me to read it to her, and I expected her to be quickly bored or easily drawn away. But the text draws the listener right in to the story and it differs from the movie version somewhat, but is still recognizable as the story unfolds. She listened for at least 15 minutes before deciding "we'll stop right here" until the next read. It is unique and makes a wonderful, treasured gift for a child or any Wizard of Oz fan. I'd consider it of "collectible" quality. It arrived sooner than expected, which was one of the best parts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zaneta D. Padilla on April 4, 2011
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I love the story of the Wizard of Oz, and want to introduce my daughter to this. The illustrations in this book are just beautiful. Those and the story keep my 4 year old interested in the story the whole time. it's a long story so it takes several nights to read, but she's interested every single session.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LovesToRead on November 2, 2011
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The pages are delicate. Not for little hands that might pull too hard. I've gone through the book to make page turning easier on the next read. Story length is appropriate for pre-schoolers. I look forward to reading the book with our granddaughters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mijeong Flynn on March 6, 2013
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I've looked for the one that has lots of illustrations so my young daughters(3 yrs, 5 yrs) get more interested when I read the book to them. They love it and we all enjoy it as a bedtime story book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Stephanson on September 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Wizard of Oz

This is a condensed version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" written by Lyman Frank Baum in 1900. The illustrations are by Charles Santore. This American Fairy Tale became a children's classic. [Did you read it as a child?] Michael Patrick Hearn wrote the `Introduction'. This condensation required the elimination of parts of the story (p.9). I think this 90-page book echoes the events of the late 19th century for its meanings.

Dorothy lived on the Kansas prairie with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em(ma). [Were her parents the victims of a plague?] One day they saw a cyclone (tornado) coming towards them. [A symbol for the Great Depression of 1893?] This cyclone transported the house with Dorothy and her dog Toto to a beautiful country. [Like a migration to Oregon?] The death of the Wicked Witch of the East freed the Munchkins. [The symbol for Wall Street Corporations?] Dorothy put on those silver shoes [representing silver coinage?] to travel the yellow brick road to Emerald City. [Does this represent Greenback dollars?] She walked past abundant farms. She meets a Scarecrow. [Representing landless laborers?] Next she meets the Tin Woodman. [Representing lumber jacks?] His joints need oiling. The Wicked Witch of the East prevented him from marrying. They all travel through the thick woods. [Symbolizing the Great Depression of the 1890s?] They meet a powerful but cowardly Lion. [Symbolizing the Federal Government or President?] Next they pass through a field of red poppies which have a soporific effect. [Symbolizing drug use or another opiate?] Field mice rescue the Lion from the flowers of evil. [Why aren't the mice affected?]

They reach Emerald City. [Green symbolized the common people in Roman times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine White on January 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Would definately recommend the book.
Purchased it for my 5 year old granddaughter. She was in her first ballet performance of the Wizard of OZ and loved the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Charles on January 2, 2013
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I love the colorful illustrations in this book. I read this aloud to my first graders and they were spellbound!
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