The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, with pictures by William Wallace Denslow, was originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago, on May 17, 1900.
I received an edition of this book printed by Eastern Press, and two others in the series, as a gift from my mother in law, for my birthday some odd years ago. I promised her then, that I would one day read them to my children.
Recently, Jack started spending large chunks of the day, playing on the floor with his toys. I decided to start using some of that time, to read the first book to him out loud. Finally, I was able to read a book I wanted to read, while at the same time providing Jack a chance to listen to a wide variety of words, and vocabulary.
The book, as most books do, differs from the movie quite a bit. For example; Dorothy is a little girl, not a teenager, and her slippers are silver, not ruby.
This book provides the reader, or listener, a unique opportunity to learn a few simple, but very important life lessons.
There is no power, without knowledge. There is no wisdom, without experience. There is no heart, without heart break. There is no courage, without fear.
I recommend this book, to anyone looking for a classic piece of American literature, that doubles as a children’s folk tale, chalk full of political allegory from the time period in which it was written. This book was just as much fun to read to my son out loud, as any of his other story books. We have since finished the second book in the series, and will soon start the third.