The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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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. Frank Baum. Chapter 1. But weird , quite small people are timidly coming towards Dorothy, they think she is a horrible , powerful witch the juvenile feels uneasy, looking fully grown , like the Munchkins, yet still a little girl's size And thanking the girl for their freedom , by killing the wicked Witch of the East, whose body lies underneath the house.

The pretty Witch of the North, and is good also, unheard of, news spreads quickly in the Land of Oz gives Dorothy the magical silver shoes of the dead sorceress. The farm girl wants to get back home to Kansas, asks directions, nobody knows it, but all tell Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road, to the Emerald City where the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz, presumably lives and rules.

Trouble is, people never see the terrible wizard, but he is the only one who can help Dorothy get back. On the long journey, the young girl and Toto, meets the brainless failure, the Scarecrow, stuck on a pole, the Tin Woodman, rusting outside in a forest tin doesn't rust , the Cowardly Lion, attacking the group on the road and afterwards crying, all join Dorothy on her impossible quest, for a brain, a heart and courage the joke of this story is, that every traveler already has them, even Dorothy's wish, can be easily achieved. Wide ditches have to be jumped, wild animals fought, rivers crossed, ugly flying monkeys, bees, poisonous blue, red, yellow, white and purple, flowers, thick, gloomy forests, strange people some unfriendly, and not made of flesh the evil, dreadful, Witch of the West, in her impenetrable, dismal castle, but that is later , must be overcome, to reach the fabulous Emerald City.

They have a secret weapon, Toto is not afraid of anything View all 23 comments.

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Aug 21, Evgeny rated it it was amazing Shelves: children. Some books are so well-known practically every person who has even a very brief knowledge of general literature knows that these books are about. In the light of this I really have no clue why I would bother to outline the plot of this one, but just in case somebody managed to miss it here goes. A little girl is transported into a magical land where she meets all kinds of magical creatures. She goes to visit the greatest wizard of the land hoping he would help her to get home. I want to get some Some books are so well-known practically every person who has even a very brief knowledge of general literature knows that these books are about.

I want to get something off my chest right away, something what goes against the popular opinion: I think the book is better than the classic movie. Judy Garland was great, sure. Some of the songs were equally great, sure. I insist the book is still better I wonder how many of my friends would de-friend me for saying so.

If you do, I understand: no hard feelings. I read the novel quite a few times starting all the way back when I was a child. I still enjoyed it during my latest reread and I found some things I missed during my childhood, like the following passage: So she told him all about Kansas, and how gray everything was there, and how the cyclone had carried her to this queer land of Oz.

The Scarecrow listened carefully, and said, "I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas. It is fortunate for Kansas that you have brains. From the book's introduction I understand that Baum decided to write a children book purely for entertainment and not as a morality tale which was the case with the majority of children literature at the time.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

He created a timeless classic whose influence can be seen in a lot places - sometimes very much unexpected like here: My personal rating would be 4 stars, but I cannot help raising it by one for its classic status and huge influence, so 5 stars it is. View all 28 comments. This is a book I read as a child, even before I saw the musical, and enjoyed a lot. However, my memory of it was overshadowed by the film. So it was a good experience to read it again as an adult.

The book is worth reading, not least because it differs in some major ways from the film adaptation. The biggest difference is that the whole dream sequence scenario, in which people from Kansas are transmogrified into figures of fantasy, is entirely absent. Dorothy wears Silver Shoes, not Ruby Slippers. And so on and so forth.

Baum says in the preface that he has tried to offer a modernized fairy tale: "[ Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident. Frank Lyman Frank The Wonderful Wizard of Oz p. Kindle Edition. The Woodman tells a horrific back-story not included in the film, in which he undergoes unheard-of torture at the hands of the Wicked Witch of the East.

The Lion faces some gruesome opponents, one of which is rather Tolkienesque in its monstrosity. But there are charming episodes, comic touches and witty turns of phrase which give this children's classic an old-fashioned appeal, in spite of what Baum says about being modern. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-aloud-in-the-library , children , favorites , monster-mash-of-a-mess , unforgettable.

The reason might not be that a tornado catches your house and dumps it later in a strange land - on a wicked witch - but something quite similar in intensity might well happen to any of you. You will find yourselves lost, helpless, sad and without orientation in a strange place. What can you do? The first rule for Oz travellers is to stick together even if your worries and needs "There is no place like Oz!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The first rule for Oz travellers is to stick together even if your worries and needs are different. If you are in search of a heart, some brains, more courage, or for a dusty grey home in Kansas, just follow the yellow brick road, and it will surely lead you somewhere! On the road, you will find yourself reflecting on the quality of your wishes, realising that for some, a dull place is desirable because it is called "Home" Dorothy - For others, home is where the closest friend is Toto.

Some talk a lot without having any brains Scarecrow , and some wish for a heart, even if it means it will break as a result Tin Woodman.

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Those who are scared will wish for courage Cowardly Lion , not noticing that they are the bravest of all, doing what they dare not do. 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. If you want to teach children the power of empathy, cooperation, courage and learning by doing, this is the best book ever. And if you just want to have a good time with them, giggling over the hilarious adventures of Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, it is a pure literary delight.

I loved it even more as a grown-up than as a child - and the message still makes sense to me. Underneath the shining surface of things, what matters is how you deal with the situation you find yourself in. Be courageous, think for yourself, and have a heart, and be true to your friends, and the world will be your home! View all 31 comments. Sep 02, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , fiction.

A wonderful tale for its time, this book has transcended its own intentions and exploded into an iconic creation that continues to instill its fans with cherished, lifelong memories.

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Although I usually prefer the original books over their movie adaptions, I have to hand it to the film this time. The Wizard of Oz took the best from the source material and embellished what was missing, adding what they needed to in order to create a truly magical experience that has endured to this day.

The book an A wonderful tale for its time, this book has transcended its own intentions and exploded into an iconic creation that continues to instill its fans with cherished, lifelong memories. The book and the movie are not the same. Yes, you'll find some icon elements from the movie in the book, but whereas the movie is about as tightly scripted as it gets, the book meanders and includes some completely unnecessary encounters. Unnecessary and violent too!

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Killer bees, crows pecking out eyes and the tin woodman slaying dozens of wolves! Oh my! I read somewhere that Baum had intended this book to be an alternative to children's tales of the past, which often included some rather violent material. Either I've been misled or Baum's aim was off. The tin woodman's wasn't, I'll tell ya that much!


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If the writing were a bit better these asides - that don't further the plot, but only enhance the adventure not a terrible thing in and of itself - could've been overlooked. Granted he was writing for kids, but Baum was also trying something new here and his tentative steps show it. The writing improves in future volumes, I'm happy to say! Apparently more Oz stories had not been planned, but after a few years of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz being published, the letters being received from young female fans had become so numerous that Baum was compelled to turn this one-off book into a long series.

We're lucky he did! View all 17 comments. I thought it interesting that in the foreword Baum says he didn't want this to be violent like the fairytales of the past They also kill various creatures on their path of destruction. Perhaps we could savor all the violence but have a much more abridged version with the following:.

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View all 10 comments. Okay, let's start with something easy. Do you know why I call you HAL? Do you have a favorite book? It's not a difficult book. I had to guess a fair number of words, but so what? You aren't. You're just a machine. I would say it's more a philosophical judgement.