Genre: children’s fantasy
Length: 156 pages
Setting: Kansas and Oz, turn of the century
Interest: Mr. Curiosity chose this as his bedtime story a few years ago (with a little encouragement). I was interested in reading the original, since all I really knew was the movie.
Summary: Dorothy gets swept up in a cyclone and lands in Oz. She travels along the yellow brick road in order to meet the Wizard of Os, who may be able to send her back to Kansas. Along the way, she meets up with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, each of whom are instrumental in keeping them on the path to Oz. Once there, the Wizard tells them to kill the Wicked Witch of the East before he will grant their wishes. Oz is able to help all but Dorothy, so the friends travel to the Good Witch of the South. There, they find out Dorothy’s silver slippers she got from the Wicked Witch of the West can carry her home.
Final thoughts: This was a perfect story. Nothing too scary (unlike the way the winged monkeys and Wicked Witch are portrayed in movie), short chapters (which make it better for a read aloud), and lots of adventures. The movie got the basic plot points right, but left out most of the group’s adventures while traveling. The book was originally published as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and you can get it free from the Gutenberg Project (just click on the title).
Title comes from: The Wizard of Oz was supposed to be the source of their solutions, but really they each had it in them all along.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.
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