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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum Illustrated by Paul Granger

A sudden cyclone appears on a Kansas prairie and a young girl named Dorothy is carried off in the winds to a place called Munchkinland in the distant Land of Oz. There, Dorothy is mistaken for a sorceress, and the home she knows as Kansas is seen as some distant and exotic land beyond the great desert that isolates Oz from the rest of the world. If she ever wants to go home again, the great wizard of Oz is the only person in the land who could help her.

Following a road made of yellow bricks, Dorothy sets out to see the wizard at his palace in the Emerald City. Along the way, she encounters the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman and Cowardly Lion, each with his own wish that he wants granted by the great Oz. Together, they fight off Kalidahs, creatures with bodies like bears and heads like tigers. They cross a treacherous river, escape a deadly poppy field, and come to the Emerald City that shines so brightly they have to wear glasses to protect their eyes. The Wizard offers to help them, but only after they destroy the Wicked Witch of the West. And all of this happens even before Dorothy meets up with the Armless Hammerheads, the Quadlings and the Winkies! They, along with flying monkeys, the mouse queen, and many, many others provide the magic for the first and original adventure of Frank L. Baum's classic tales of the Land of Oz.

9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Usborne Books
Number of Pages
Classics, Fantasy

About the Author and Illustrator

L. Frank Baum
Paul Granger

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