The Wizard of Oz

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

These days, both children and grown-ups can find various good books to read that can be fitted for their ages. If you are an adult, then you would surely appreciate reading horror, fiction or romance literature, whilst your kids will be captivated by the fantasy children’s novels. Among the greatest children’s novels, we definitely need to mention L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. This novel was first published by George M. Hill Company in 1900, and it soon became a very popular story among children from all over the world. Over the years, this story has been adapted to various movies and stage plays that added to its popularity among children of all ages. This book was written to please children of all times, and if you want to give your little ones the occasion to enter a world of fairytale, you should definitely have this book from children’s library.

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The Wizard of Oz’ story is presenting the adventures of a young orphan girl, named Dorothy, from the moment she is deposited by a cyclone on a mystical island. She needs to return back home in Kansas, where she has been living with her uncle and aunt until the cyclone interfered with her life. The only friend she is given, in the beginning of her journey, is Toto, a little black dog. However, she receives from the Good Witch of the North a pair of silver shoes which give her magical powers and protect her from trouble. She meets Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion who are eager to join her in her journey to the Emerald city, where the Wizard of Oz lives. All of them need help from the wizard in order to solve their problems.

For instance, the Scarecrow needs reasoning, the Tin Woodman a heart, the Cowardly Lion wants to be courageous, whilst Dorothy wishes to get back home with her little dog. In their journey, they come across many obstacles that are meant to test their friendship and courage, and they succeed in helping each other and prove values and abilities that they didn’t know to have. In the end of The Wizard of Oz, all the characters realize that the obstacles they have overcome gave them the values they wanted to receive from the magical powers of the Wizard of Oz. Moreover, Dorothy realizes that the magic silver shoes she has been wearing all along could cast a spell to getting her back to her home in no time.