The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


L. Frank Baum

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American children's novel written by author L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. It is the first novel in the Oz series of books. A Kansas farm girl named Dorothy ends up in the magical Land of Oz after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their home by a tornado. Upon her arrival in Oz, she learns she cannot return home until she has destroyed the Wicked Witch of the West.

Contents (25)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Chapter II The Council with the Munchkins
Chapter III How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
Chapter IV The Road Through the Forest
Chapter V The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
Chapter VI The Cowardly Lion
Chapter VII The Journey to the Great Oz
Chapter VIII The Deadly Poppy Field
Chapter IX The Queen of the Field Mice
Chapter X The Guardian of the Gate
Chapter XI The Wonderful City of Oz
Chapter XII The Search for the Wicked Witch
Chapter XIII The Rescue
Chapter XIV The Winged Monkeys
Chapter XV The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible
Chapter XVI The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
Chapter XVII How the Balloon Was Launched
Chapter XVIII Away to the South
Chapter XIX Attacked by the Fighting Trees
Chapter XX The Dainty China Country
Chapter XXI The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts
Chapter XXII The Country of the Quadlings
Chapter XXIII Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy’s Wish
Chapter XXIV Home Again


Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as “historical” in the children’s library; for the time has come for a series of newer “wonder tales” in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.

Having this thought in mind, the story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.

L. Frank BaumChicago, April, 1900.