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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
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One of the greatest American novels and a popular culture sensation, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz depicts the adventures of the young Dorothy Gale, who is swept away from her colorless farm home in Kansas by a cyclone, and winds up in the magical Land of Oz. Trapped in an unknown land, Dorothy must find a way back home and subsequently embarks on an adventure and meets a group of colorful characters along the way. Serving as an inspiration throughout generations, the children’s novel has been represented through various cinema adaptations and musicals.

The novel commences with the introduction of Dorothy, a young orphan girl who is taken in and raised by her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in their dreary farm home in Kansas. One day, however, a treacherous cyclone sweeps across the prairie and catches hold of the house while Dorothy and her beloved pet dog Toto are still inside. Afraid and bewildered, Dorothy and Toto are eventually set down in a mysterious land which they later identify as the Land of Oz. Greeted and commended by the small Munchkins, Dorothy is declared to be a good witch, because her house had accidentally landed on the evil ruler of the Munchkins – the Wicked Witch of the East and consequently resulted in her death. Subsequently, the Good Witch of the North also arrives to greet Dorothy and presents her with a pair of silver shoes believed to contain magical properties. In addition, she instructs Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and ask the almighty Wizard of Oz to help her get back to Kansas. On her way across the land she is accompanied by the Scarecrow, the rusted Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion.

Entertaining and intelligently written, Baum has effectively created a modern fairy tale forever embedded in the imagination of both young and old readers. Exploring the prominent and universal theme of “There’s no place like home”, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz does not seize to delight and captivate long after its finish.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by

L. Frank Baum

Contents

Introduction 1. The Cyclone 2. The Council with the Munchkins 3. How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow 4. The Road Through the Forest 5. The Rescue of the Tin Woodman 6. The Cowardly Lion 7. The Journey to the Great Oz 8. The Deadly Poppy Field 9. The Queen of the Field Mice 10. The Guardian of the Gates 11. The Emerald City of Oz 12. The Search for the Wicked Witch 13. The Rescue 14. The Winged Monkeys 15. The Discovery of Oz the Terrible 16. The Magic Art of the Great Humbug 17. How the Balloon Was Launched 18. Away to the South 19. Attacked by the Fighting Trees 20. The Dainty China Country 21. The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts 22. The Country of the Quadlings 23. Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish 24. Home Again

Introduction

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... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 23, 2014
Subject: wonderful
I LOVE the story of the Wizard Of Oz! The reader was very descriptive in his voice and that is what makes it more eye catching!
Reviewer: - June 13, 2014
Subject: Wonderful
The reader did an excellent job. He is delightful to listen to. The story has been well-loved for generations for a reason! I love to introduce this story to my children. They always love it and beg for more!
Reviewer: - June 2, 2014
Subject: Oz
I love it.They both did very well.Thank you L.Frank Baum and the reader did good too.I want all the Oz books.
Reviewer: - May 3, 2014
Subject: Excellent
Very well read. I loved the book.
Reviewer: - April 4, 2014
Subject: Bad
This book was really boring -_-
Reviewer: - February 24, 2014
Subject: AWSOME
I loved it but have not seen the movie
Reviewer: - December 12, 2013
Subject: Amazing
This book is a very cool book i read the book and saw the movie thanks L. Frank Baum you are awesome!
Reviewer: - December 7, 2013
Both my children (4 & 6) loved it.
Reviewer: - October 26, 2013
Subject: Excellent
Excellent indeed. Terrific reading made this one of the best book on booksshouldbefree !
Reviewer: - October 9, 2013
Subject: The Wizard of Oz
The reader is simply excellent. Well done!


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