The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

Like so many, I’m familiar with this story from the movie (Garland’s, Ross’s, or Kermit’s just pick one) and works of Maguire (two books and a musical), yet never actually read the original until now. The story of a girl named Dorothy who is carried from Kansas to the magical land of Oz via tornado and encounters a talking scarecrow, tin woodsman, and lion on her quest to meet an all powerful wizard, defeat an evil witch and return home isn’t nearly as interesting as it sounds. I suspect that Baum, in his plethora of Oz books, attempted to create a fairy tale culture that reflected Americana and he should be commended for it even if the results lacks the poignancy of other classic children’s storytellers.