The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

 by L. Frank Baum



Unlike other classic children’s books, L. Frank Baum’s Wizard seems intended to be taken at face value:  It actually appears to be written for children.  I suppose you could read into it all sorts of political commentary – on slavery, Western imperialism, etc. – but I prefer to see it much as I do the movie, just Dorothy and her three odd pals (and Toto) having wonderful adventures.

It’s interesting to learn which elements of the book that Hollywood chose to tweak. Ruby Slippers instead of Silver Shoes?  No China People?  No Hammer-Heads?  Oh, my!


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