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The Patchwork Girl of Oz Paperback – September 4, 2011
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Forced out of their dark forest, two Oz characters embark on the search for magic ingredients which will change their lives, and encounter Dorothy and her cohorts and a spirited Patchwork Girl who travels in order to see the world. Fine vintage color illustrations throughout a strong story. --Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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This book, along with many others in the Oz series, captures that magical feeling rather well. Things that would otherwise seem silly and pointless become beautifully crafted parts of the story and remind you that no part is too small to be important.
It was about 3/4th through that I realized how deeply this book touched me. It brought a smile to my face nearly every time I picked it up. It set my imagination into work again, after years of feeling dusty and unused.
I suggest, for anyone young or old, to give at least one of the Oz books at try - this one, in particular, is a great place to start. It does a wonderful job of introducing you to the rich history and world of Oz.
The story itself is pretty good. Although all of this series is clearly written for children, it's entertaining enough for adults to enjoy reading as well. But as an adult, I couldn't help but notice that many of the characters in all of these Oz stories, including the central characters, are often conceited, arrogant, and rude, yet at the same time, quite polite about it.
In my opinion, you're really missing something if you go for the paperback versions of these 14 Oz books. Those reprint illustrations, but not in the glorious color you're gonna see here. The illustrations by John R. Neill are rendered on thick, glossy pages.
This book has a slick dust jacket. If you remove it, there is still an illustration of the Patchwork Girl on the front cover, but nothing on the back. The book is the exact size as the hardbound Oz books have been since the 50's.
"The Patchwork Girl of Oz," however, had a very good story to bolster the old Oz formula. Ojo the Unlucky, a young Munchkin lad, along with the Glass Cat and Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, set out to find magical ingredients needed to restore his uncle and a magician's wife to life after they are accidentally petrified. So the story is, again, about someone wandering Oz and meeting strange and interesting people, but giving Ojo a quest gave the book a different angle, a sense of urgency -- this was a boy on a mission to save two lives.
The ending is somewhat abrupt, although quite in-character for Baum's creations, but overall it is one of the better Oz books, a real return to form after a few that just didn't click.