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Tin Woodman of Oz (Wonderful Oz Books) Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Wonderful Oz Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345334361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345334367
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book. Simple to run, no program to install. Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading. The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.

Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation.

Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index. the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.

This Electronic Paperback is illustrated.

This Electronic Paperback is read aloud by an actor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Woot the Wanderer and the Scarecrow help the Tin Woodman find his old love, Nimmie Amee, suffering the ignominious enchantments of Mrs. Yoop's yookoohoo magic along the way.

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This is a very interesting book well written and composed.
jackalope357
Having read all but Frank Baum's final Oz book, I can say that the Tin Woodman is one of my favorites and easily the best in the series since the Patchwork Girl.
ScrawnyPunk
The subsequent adventures of the Tin Woodman, his faithful companion, the Scarecrow, and Woot, fill the pages of this Oz book.
Bob Newman

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like all of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, "The Tin Woodman of Oz" has an effortless sense of memorability about it which not all Oz authors have been able to attain. It raises more interesting philosophical problems about identity and the nature of love than do most of the Oz books, and is, like most of Baum's writing, gently humorous and optimistic about the world and human nature. Some of the plot twists in the latter part of the book, which concern the repercussions of Nick Chopper's transformation into a Tin Woodman, may be disturbing for some young readers; but the questions these events raise are fascinating and could lead children into interesting discussions with their parents about what makes a person himself. Books of Wonder's beautiful edition includes all of John R. Neill's illustrations, including the endpapers and the color plates; this is the only one of the "Famous Forty" Oz books to include illustrations of the Wicked Witch of the East, of the Tin Woodman's long-lost love Nimmie Amee, and of the Tin Woodman himself as he appeared when he was a normal "meat" man. All of Baum's books are children's classics, and "The Tin Woodman of Oz" is no exception.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Edward Fodi on June 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book, for some reason, was one of the hardest for me to lay my hands on as a child. As an avid Oz, this was pure torture. I had always loved the Tin Woodman, so I was desperate to read a book dedicated to him. Finally, on my 11th birthday, I was given the book by a friend of mine...and, after all the anticipation, I am happy to report that the story did not disappoint. I was immediately captivated by the cover of the book, for--what was this--TWO tin men? That was all the encouragement I needed to immediately abandon reality and plunge into this book. Well, after reading this tale again as an adult, The Tin Woodman of Oz stands up as one of Baum's best. In a somewhat rare turn for the author, he gazes back upon a past book of Oz to explore the history of one of his all-time favorite characters--and he does his usual marvelous job. My favorite scene is the adventure with the giantess, Yoop, but this adventure really starts to thump like the heart of our favorite tin man when our heroes meet none other than the Tin Soldier. This is probably the darkest of all of the Oz books; after all, Baum describes the building of a man from the discarded parts of another! But it's always Baum's charming style that wins over and, somehow, he can handle what seems to be a macabre subject matter in a delightful fashion. As a boy, it was a great pleasure to read a book that starred an all male trio (very unusual for Baum) and I'm sure this contributed to making this Oz adventure one of my favorites of the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Wingchair Critic on December 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
L. Frank Baum's 'The Tin Woodman Of Oz' is one of the more engaging novels in the famous series. When restless boy hero Woot The Wanderer happens upon the Tin Woodman's palace in the yellow Winkie country and learns of the emperor's origin and history, his question concerning the fate of Tin Woodman's one-time Munchkin fiancé, Nimmie Amee, spontaneously hatches a plot to discover her fate.

Joined by the Scarecrow, the three set out on a journey through the amazing and perilous kingdoms of Oz. Uninvited, the three unwisely enter a castle in the purple Gillikin country and are captured by its giant resident, Mrs. Yoop. There they find old friend Polychrome, daughter of the rainbow, already imprisoned and transformed into a canary for the sorceress's amusement.

Yookoohoo sorceress Mrs. Yoop, placid and regal, is one of Baum's more terrifying villains, showing as she does an undiluted sociopathic and amoral indifference to the fates of others, who she physically manipulates to suit her fancies.

Beautiful and poised, Mrs. Yoop, who lives alone in a dead valley, uses her spell-casting talents to provide herself with sustenance; water, pebbles, and bundles of weeds become coffee, 'fish-balls,' and buttered biscuits with a wave of her hand. When Mrs. Yoop tells the journeyers she is unpleased with their present forms and will transform them to her liking in the morning, the unsubtle suggestion that they may be her next meal is clear.

Mrs. Yoop is not only one in a long line of fairytale cannibal giants, but her gigantism and prim, coldly polite manners make clear she is also a figurative as well as a literal devouring mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ScrawnyPunk on October 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book to my son over the course of a couple of weeks (a chapter a night) and we both enjoyed it. The story is a journey, as usual, in which the chief characters overcome a number of obstacles prior to returning to Oz for a happy conclusion. The chief motivator is Woot the Wanderer, a munchkin boy who helps convince the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow to make a journey to the Woodman's old sweetheart and make amends for abandoning her by accident in the original book (he rusted, you know). The journey takes them into a shape-shifting confrontation with a mysterious giantess, brings them into contact new and unusual animals in the wild, introduces the Woodman's romantic rival (and fellow Tin Man), and resolves itself in an interesting manner when both Tin Men meet the object of their former affections.

Having read all but Frank Baum's final Oz book, I can say that the Tin Woodman is one of my favorites and easily the best in the series since the Patchwork Girl. The plot structure is very clear and Baum's usual lessons on simple morals and honor fit well within the context of the book, especially those regarding faithfulness and honor. Most interestingly, he tackles a fairly complicated philosophical question towards the end of the book - what is man, what part makes him a man, and how does he retain his identity if those parts leave him? Even if your children won't pick up on that slight complication, they will enjoy the rest of the story.
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