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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz Series Book 1) by [Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank)]
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Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in Chittenango, Ne

Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in Chittenango, New York. After trying many different professions, he turned tw York. After trying many different professions, he turned to writing for children at the age of 40. "The Wizard of Oz "o writing for children at the age of 40. "The Wizard of Oz "is the first and most popular of his fourteen Oz novels. is the first and most popular of his fourteen Oz novels.


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  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505280958
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZRAJS
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L. Frank Baum, according to legend, was a guy who didn't get anything right until he penned this book. Then everything went crazy. And here I am writing this review more than a century later. The guy's a visionary, and this is the novel or novelette that started it all. I loved the movie. And I've seen it multiple times. Many, many times actually. But other than one of his subsequent novels in the series that I read to some kids I babysat nearly every Friday, I'd never read the original. I was inspired this time to read it by my granddaughter, who at 5 is an insatiable listener to stories. I ran out of things to read and ordered this on my Kindle. I plowed through multiple chapters before she got tired. The kid is amazing. The opposite of her mom who would get sleepy quickly. I bid farewell to my granddaughter and continued reading. The story is a revelation. It is much like a story a father would tell his kids to get them to sleep. It's got thrills, dangerous challenges and happy endings. The movie version is an entirely different beast and wonderful in its own way. But this one sets up the entire world of Oz and its continuing adventures.
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I will preface this by stating - this is quite different than what you've seen in the movie. I, like probably most, have seen the movie many times and had still refrained from reading the work by L. Frank Baum.

Am I sorry I waited so long (I'm 28), and it seems almost a sin to have done so, for I am of the natural disposition that the book IS ALWAYS better than the movie. So goes my general experience and as such was the case here with this classic children's fairy tale. Which, of its own merits has received much praise as well as occasional flak, and only a good story can conjure both.

Originally published today... 113 years ago (5.17.1900)... we encounter all the familiar characters: Dorothy, Toto, The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion.

As is familiar to most, Dorothy is taken from Uncle Henry and Aunt Em by a cyclone which drops her off in the Land of Oz, a great (usually referred to as `terrible') and secretive wizard. In efforts to get herself back to Kansas, Dorothy must find Oz in the City of Emeralds which is located along the yellow brick road. She first encounters the Scarecrow whom needs some brains; then the tin woodsman, who, caught in a rainstorm rusted into position and being made completely of tin (as the wicked witch had cursed his axe to slowly dismember him until he had no flesh parts... yeah, that wasn't in the movie, huh?) had seized and been stationary for a year, he needs a heart.

Between these two we enter a neat little philosophical debate:
Woodsman: `But once I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart' (321).
Scarecrow: `I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.' (349).
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This was a very fun little story. I have seen the movie probably a dozen times, and it was fun to see how the novel differed from the movie.

One thing I thought was interesting is that the wicked witch is really just another adventure in a long journey. The movie tries to make her the primary villain, but she's not that big of a deal in the book. I can definitely see why the movie was changed to give the story arc a more clearly defined climax. The book is more like a travelogue through a strange country, and ends somewhat abruptly.

Ultimately, it is a fun travelogue, and I always enjoy books that show fantastic landscapes with fantastic creatures, and this book has plenty of that. But it wasn't quite the story you would expect after watching the movie.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series, particularly the ones that go beyond the movies I have seen. I'm excited to see what other adventures await Dorothy.
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I read this for the first time as a mom, trying to see if it was a good book for my 8 year old. I enjoyed this simple read and think it will be very suitable for my daughter. The language was not complicated and the adventures were short and not overly violent. I can't wait to discuss this book with her.
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"You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

I recently found myself in the mood to read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, a childhood favourite I’ve read in Romanian and partially in English. As most of you already know, it is a fairy tale about a poor little girl name Dorothy, who lives in Kansas with her aunt and uncle. Her dull life changes when a cyclone makes their house rise up into the air and drops it into the magical Land of Oz.

There, Dorothy and her little dog Toto encounter the inhabitants of this place: the Munchkins, the Witches and other outlandish beings, but also the three friends who accompany them on the way to the Emerald City, where the Great Wizard of Oz lives. The strange creatures that Dorothy befriends are the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. I think that it is redundant to tell you more about this story, because it is a beloved children’s classic and that already says a lot about it.

Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz made me feel like a child again and I’m glad I read it once more. Though I love the movie as well, I think that the book is more complex than it, because there are more adventures and characters in the book than in the 1939 film. Even though the dialogue is a bit repetitive sometimes and Dorothy’s three talking friends are less developed than the characters from the fantasy novels of our times, I enjoyed this classic fairy tale.

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