The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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L. Frank Baum's timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the first uniquely American fairy tale. A combination of enchanting fantasy and piercing social commentary, this remarkable story has entertained and beguiled readers of all ages since it was first published in 1900. Ray Bradbury writes in his Introduction, "Both [Baum and Shakespeare] lived inside their heads with a mind gone wild with wanting, wishing, hoping, shaping, dreaming," and it is this same hunger that makes all of us continue to seek out the story of Oz--and be nourished by it.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the definitive first edition and includes the New York Times review of that edition as well as the original Preface by the author.
Publisher: [New York] : Signet Classics, 2006.
ISBN: 9781101078167
9781101066720
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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brown_monkey_502
Jul 10, 2017

The Wizard of Oz was full of miracles, doubt, suspicion, and love. The four main characters Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man are off to find the wizard to grant their greatest desires. Dorothy wants to return home, the Scarecrow wishes for a brain, the Cowardly Lion wants to obtain courage, and the Tin Man wants to know what it's like to have a heart. The book starts off with Dorothy, a young farm girl from Kansas, and her dog Toto. These two get swept away in a tornado, taking them to the wondrous land of Oz. There the meet the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man. First, Dorothy was blessed with a pair of ruby slippers. Dorothy learns from Glinda, The Good Witch of the North, that the slippers contain powerful magic and the Wicked Witch of the West will stop at nothing to obtain it. Dorothy and her new friends must kill the Wicked Witch and bring her broomstick to the Wizard of Oz before he can grant their wishes. Will Dorothy be able to complete this mission and return home to her beloved farm?

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black_wolf_1142
Feb 04, 2016

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and I noticed many interesting elements in this classic. A book becomes a classic by "standing the tests of time." Not many books are a classic. This was published in 1900 but it still reads well although it is more than a hundred years old. Baum wanted this to be an American fairy tale.

What is interesting about the book is that the main character: Dorothy and her new friends don't want to kill a bad thing and become heroes and heroines. (Even though they eventually triumph over the bad thing.) They just want something to make their life better. This book is a metaphor for a journey through life. It means everybody is seeking something in life.

I enjoyed the book and was hooked right away from the cyclone in chapter one. I would recommend this to all fantasy lovers.

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violet_cat_2103
Jul 30, 2015

This book is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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readsalot80
Feb 27, 2015

I loved this book which I just read for the first time. The differences between the book and movie made for fun reading. The characters are a bit different but the wonderful ending is the same of wanting what we already have.

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Bakergirl_13
Sep 16, 2014

A very good book; very fun and adventurous

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silverbookworm
Aug 29, 2014

A delightful series that is much different from the movie. Great to read to children. Many lessons can be derived from these stories.

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Rachel_Em
Aug 17, 2014

Strange and wonderful, with many more interesting characters and adventures than you see in the movie. This was one of my favorite series in elementary school... I must have read nearly all of the original books, borrowing them by the armful from my public library. What a treat to go back and revist this one as an adult!

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tayli170
Nov 18, 2012

Read it! And then read it again! And see the movie! I cannot stress this enough!

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lisahiggs
Nov 03, 2011

The slower you read this book, the better it is. At my adult reading pace, I only got a hint of the beauty in the valley of each page as I flew over. I plan to read this book aloud one day, and then I expect I’ll see why it is so wonderful.

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gerbes820
Jul 28, 2011

This is a great book worth reading and rereading. Fills in the missed plot points from the movie. I am glad to have read this book.

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black_wolf_1142
Feb 04, 2016

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and I noticed many interesting elements in this classic. A book becomes a classic by "standing the tests of time." Not many books are a classic. This was published in 1900 but it still reads well although it is more than a hundred years old. Baum wanted this to be an American fairy tale.

What is interesting about the book is that the main character: Dorothy and her new friends don't want to kill a bad thing and become heroes and heroines. (Even though they eventually triumph over the bad thing.) They just want something to make their life better. This book is a metaphor for a journey through life. It means everybody is seeking something in life.

I enjoyed the book and was hooked right away from the cyclone in chapter one. I would recommend this to all fantasy lovers.

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violet_cat_2103
Jun 24, 2015

Dorothy Gale was whisked away to a beautiful,magical land,and then strives to find her way home again

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readsalot80
Feb 27, 2015

This is the wonderful adventures of Dorothy and Toto when they find themselves in Oz. They meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion while finding their way to the Wizard to get their hearts' desires. In the book, they see more of Oz than in the movie and the different districts are each unique with its own color. In the end, each character finds they already had their desire the whole time.

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Bakergirl_13
Sep 16, 2014

When Dorothy is swept away mysteriously in an enormous cyclone, she finds herself in the magical land of Oz. She learns she must find the Wonderful Wizard to help her get back home. On the way, she meets the the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion whom accompany her on her journey.

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Bakergirl_13
Sep 16, 2014

Other: contains witches and wizards

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