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Hill Company in Chicago in , and has since been reprinted countless times, sometimes under the name The Wizard of Oz. The story chronicles the adventures of a girl named Dorothy in the Land of Oz.

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Frank Baum This collection was designed for optimal navigation on eReaders and other electronic devices. It is indexed alphabetically, chronologically and by category, making it easier to access individual books and stories.

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This collection offers lower price, the convenience of a one-time download, and it reduces the clutter in your digital library. All books included in this collection feature a A cyclone picks her up from her Kansas home, where she lives with her aunt and uncle, and deposits her in the fantastical land.

She begins a journey along the yellow brick road to seek help from the Wizard of Oz. On her way she meets her fair share of witches good and bad and a scarecrow without a brain, a tinman Frank Baum ES, year of production , running time minutes, aspect ratio 1.

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But one day, the little girl and her dog find themselves spirited away from the fields of Kansas, to the magical land of Oz! Dorothy and Toto meet many friends on the yellow-brick road to Emerald City, where A fantastic journey soon follows, as Dorothy travels a yellow brick road in search of a sorcerer with the power to send her home. Joining her are the Frank Baum When Dorothy and her little dog Toto are caught in a tornado, they and their Kansasfarmhouse are suddenly transported to Oz, where Munchkins live, monkeys fly and Wicked Witches rule.

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Accessed September 25, Everything is green, including the skin of the people they pass. At the Emerald Palace Dorothy spends a comfortable night in a green bedchamber. The next morning the group is led to Oz's Throne Room.

One by one they are taken in to speak to the Wizard. The Wizard—who appears to Dorothy as a huge head without a body—tells her that he will not send her home until she has killed the Wicked Witch of the West and returned with proof of her death. Dorothy is disappointed and also horrified at the idea that she must kill someone. The Wizard appears in a different form to each of the travelers, but his message is always the same: until the Wicked Witch of the West is dead, he won't grant any wishes.

The friends go sadly to bed, planning to set out the next day. It's jarring that the giant Head tells Dorothy , "You have no right to expect me to send you back to Kansas unless you do something for me in return.

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Besides she's been told to seek out the Wizard precisely because he grants wishes! Drought and depression caused the store to fail; in Baum took over a weekly newspaper, calling it the Saturday Pioneer , and by it, too, was failing. The two-and-a-half-year Dakota interval gave him, however, the Plains flavor crucial to the myth of Dorothy and the Wizard; gray desolation and hardscrabble rural survival compose the negative of which Oz is the colorful print.

Endless chains of jewels seemed strung and wound about it. The Palace of Flowers held up a great crystal of light glowing against the dark blue of the sky, towers and domes were crowned and diademed, thousands of jewels hung among the masses of leaves, or reflected themselves, sparkling in the darkness of the lagoons, fountains of molten jewels sprung up, and flamed and changed. A note of hollowness, of dazzling fraud, of frontier fustian and quackery taints the Wizard in the first of the many Oz books, before a plethora of wonders turns him into a real sorcerer.

Hill was overwhelmed by orders, and went back to press four times, for a total of ninety thousand copies. In , the George M. Montgomery and Fred A. Stone, who had played the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow in the Mitchell production. The book was dedicated to them and loaded with patter and puns suitable to their routines.

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Despite frail health angina, gallstones, inflamed appendix , Baum was a whirlwind of activity until his death, at the age of sixty-two. After his death, the series was extended by Ruth Plumly Thompson, who between and added nineteen titles; then, briefly, by John R. The M-G-M motion picture improves upon the book in a number of ways. It eliminates, for example, the all too Aesopian and, prior to computer graphics, probably unfilmable episode wherein the Queen of the mice and her many minions transport the Cowardly Lion out of the poppy bed where he has fallen asleep; instead, it retrieves from the musical the effective stage business that had a sudden snowstorm annul the spell of the poppies.