Can it really be considered a “classic” if most people don’t know the real story? The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the basis for the movie The Wizard of Oz, and while the characters are familiar, the story isn’t quite the same. Take Dorothy’s classic Ruby Red slippers… in Baum’s version, the slippers are silver, and the movie changed them to the vibrant red everyone knows and loves to showcase the newly developed Technicolor film technology. The book is somewhat darker, much more detailed and offers the reader a different perspective than the happy-go-lucky perspective of the movie. So take a break from studying or grading and sit back with an old favorite, that might not be as familiar as one might expect. From Amazon:
One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, “There’s no place like home.” Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powered Wizard of Oz.
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