The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Author:L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz By L.Frank Baum with pictures by W. W. Denslow — The Scarcrow may be sad because his head is stuffed with straw instead of brains, and the Tin Woodman may say he has no heart, but millions of young readers have not been fooled; they know that these creatures are among the wisest and most loving of all the characters in ... more »children's literature. And that, doubtless, is one of the reasons why "The Wizard of Oz" is this country's best-loved fairy tale.
It is an unusual fairy tale, to be sure; there are no horrible or bloodcurdling incidents, no fearsome morals to be pointed out. It is simply a story of quiet wisdom and gentle humor that three generations have remembered with a special feeling of affection. It is indeed, as L. Frank Baum hoped it would be, "a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares left out."
Now the whole story of Dorthy's trip to The Emerald City is avaliable once more. So many editions of this classic have been produced that the text has suffered strange corruptions and the illustraions have often been replaced by inferior ones; but his edition incudes every word and all the striking color plates of the original book, first published in 1900. It is thus a new begining for an old and venerable tale, making it possible for many young readers today to become acquainted with the Cowardly Lion, the beautiful Glinda, the Great and Terrible Oz himself, and all the other immortal creatures living in the Land of Oz.« less