The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Book 1 (The Wizard of Oz Collection)
Published: Jan 12th 2016 by Sweet Cherry Publishing
Read Date: June 21st 2017
Blurb (in my words):
Dorothy sweet little girl adopted by farmer couple is living in the Kansas prairie. One day a strong cyclone whisked her away from her family to an unknown strange Land of Oz. There she finds out from the a good witch about great wizard Oz, who is living in the City of Emerald and is the only one who can help her to find a way to her home Kansas. So, here starts the long journey of little Dorothy.
On the way to Emerald City, she meets scarecrow, a tin woodman and a lion. This little group with the purpose set out to meet great and terrible Oz.
Can Dorothy go back to Kansas? Will Oz’s magic help her to send her back to Kansas?
I have heard a lot about this classic children book and ever since I wanted to read this book. As in the author’s note suggested, it’s solely to please children.
This is story is about friendship, helping and stand up for friends, and importance of home, how you can’t be happy and content unless you are at home. These were greatest thing taught by this book.
My favorite line from the book:
“I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.”
What I liked? A little stories of Lion, Scarecrow, Tin woodman and Oz in this book. It was fun to read, easy to understand by children and a good classroom story. The imagination of Emerald City, china country of china people, four land in four direction, and people of those lands was amazing and well described.
Oh boy! I could imagine child playing the play ‘land of Oz’ in 4 different colors and painting everything to claim their land… So, parents make sure your children don’t do that in house. 😀 😉
Why 3.5? A little lesson of ‘courage, brain and heart can’t be given but it’s within you’, which I found it little weird by taking Scarecrow and tin woodman as character to explain it and even after those explanation their follies encouraged the humbug to carry on his falseness. Of course the book is work of imagination so you can expect such thing. But what about killing part? I don’t understand why there is so much killing in classic children books!
However, the book is compelling, entertaining, fun, quick read and fast paced. Skipping those killing thing would be better to tell this story to children.
Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
*** Note: I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publisher and author. ***
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Happy Reading! 🙂
I read this recently for the first time too, but it was after a friend was telling me about the theories on how it was an allegory for politics in 1890s America. It was really fascinating but it hurt my head.
I TOTALLY agree with you! I mean, okay, I think I love The Wizard of Oz just because everyone else seems to love it. It’s a classic so by cultural standards, it’s expected that we enjoy a tale about a young girl and her puppy, Toto realizing that they are “not in Kansas” anymore. And then along comes our tin man, lion, and bear – oh my!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book!
I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!
Happy Reading 🙂
I have never read this book before but I really enjoyed reading your post about it. I love a good book and will try and check this one out! Thank you!
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Thanks! Hope you enjoy the book. ☺