Orphan Dorothy lives on her aunt and uncle's farm in Kansas, one day a tornado picks up the farmhouse with Dorothy and Toto in it and drops them in the land of Oz, killing the Wicked Witch of the East in the process.
The only person who can send Dorothy home is the Wizard of Oz so her quest begins, along the way she meets new friends and a few enemies too.
Table of Contents:
- 1. The Cyclone - [Comments - 11] - (1143 words)
- 2. The Council with the Munchkins - [Comments - 2] - (1997 words)
- 3. How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow - [Comments - 2] - (1956 words)
- 4. The Road Through the Forest - [Comments - 4] - (1444 words)
- 5. The Rescue of the Tin Woodman - [Comments - 2] - (2050 words)
- 6. The Cowardly Lion - [Comments - 4] - (1494 words)
- 7. The Journey to the Great Oz - [Comments - 2] - (1798 words)
- 8. The Deadly Poppy Field - [Comments - 2] - (1924 words)
- 9. The Queen of the Field Mice - [Comments - 1] - (1382 words)
- 10. The Guardian of the Gate - [Comments - 9] - (1950 words)
- 11. The Wonderful City of Oz - [Comments - 3] - (3603 words)
- 12. The Search for the Wicked Witch - [Comments - 4] - (3666 words)
- 13. The Rescue - [Comments - 2] - (1188 words)
- 14. The Winged Monkeys - [Comments - 2] - (1883 words)
- 15. The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible - [Comments - 1] - (2753 words)
- 16. The Magic Art of the Great Humbug - [Comments - 1] - (921 words)
- 17. How the Balloon Was Launched - [Comments - 1] - (1151 words)
- 18. Away to the South - [Comments - 1] - (1162 words)
- 19. Attacked by the Fighting Trees - [Comments - 1] - (1011 words)
- 20. The Dainty China Country - [Comments - 5] - (1495 words)
- 20. The Dainty China Country - [Comments - 2] - (1495 words)
- 21. The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts - [Comments - 2] - (891 words)
- 22. The Country of the Quadlings - [Comments - 1] - (931 words)
- 23. Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish - [Comments - 2] - (1248 words)
- 24. Home Again - [Comments - 2] - (74 words)
- 24. Home Again - [Comments - 4] - (74 words)
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 Baum
Chicago, April, 1900.