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text 2017-05-15 12:21
15th May 2017
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.

 

L. Frank Baum

 

What do Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald, Schuyler Staunton, and Edith Van Dyne have in common? They were all pseudonyms used by Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum (born May 15, 1856) for his non-Oz books. Before he found success as a writer at age 44, Baum raised fancy chickens, edited trade publications, ran a newspaper, and owned a general store.

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review 2017-04-06 05:55
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Illustrations by Michael Sieben - Michael Sieben,L. Frank Baum

I'm not sure if I ever read this book before, but I bought it thanks to the unusual illustration style of Michael Sieben, thinking Lily would like it. We just finished it up as her bedtime story, though at 2.5 years old, she's short on attention, so we'll be reading it again when she's older and more appreciative :) 

 

 

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review 2017-03-02 21:46
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- graphic novel
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Marvel Classics) - 'Eric Shanower', 'L. Frank Baum'

This graphic novel was fun! I have always been a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz and when I came upon this novel, I knew that I had to read it. The novel follows the original storyline of the beloved tale that we all grew up with as the author throws in his own fantastic extras which I looked forward to. As Dorothy and Toto get stuck in a powerful storm, they soon find themselves in an unfamiliar area. There are the munchkins, a dead witch, the powerful shoes and a yellow road that Dorothy and Toto set off on in hopes of finding the powerful wizard who can get them back home. During their journey, they meet a tinman, a lion and a scarecrow along the way and their travels are quite adventurous. The glamorous city of Oz is so bright that everyone who enters needs to wear special glasses, so this group along with everyone who lives in Oz sports their aviator spectacles and these illustrations are amazing. Dorothy and her friends ask the Wizard for his help but the Wizard needs their help too, for there still is evil and the Wizard wants it gone.

 

The additions that the author added to this classic story were wonderful. They made their travels more adventurous and diverse. We met more of their world in this novel, we experienced more and got a better view of the characters. I also thought, if we really looked at these new travels, we could see in each individual more of that desire that they were so desperately wanting the Wizard to give them, in these travels. I especially loved the part in the novel when the characters met up with the Wizard for the first time. In this novel, each character met the Wizard individually and relayed what they wanted to him. It was an interesting and great way to present this piece. The illustrations in this novel were incredible. Full of life and bursting with color, the details in each one captivated my eyes. I highly recommend this novel and I have put this graphic novel on the list of books for me to purchase. I think this is a gem for all ages to enjoy.

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review 2017-01-29 00:00
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum I started watching the new show Emerald City the other day and thought I'd read this again. I haven't read it since college. My history teacher explained the meaning behind everything in great detail about the bimetallic standard, William Jennings Bryan, factory workers, farmers, etc. etc. etc. Every character, place and thing stood for something. I don't remember a lot of it, and I had even forgotten some of the changes from the book to the movie. I actually listened to the audiobook this time. Anne Hathaway is the narrator, and she does a great job. I enjoyed it, and I'm planning to continue the Oz book series. I've never read the others before.
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review 2017-01-17 19:17
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

This a classic book with a great story! The Lexile level is 730L. would use this in a 1st grade classroom in mathematics. I would make a Yellow Brick Road of paper for the classroom floor (or go outside and use yellow street chalk). I would ask the students, "How many bricks would it take to make our yellow brick road cross the hall? run across the playground? down the street? What about if the individual bricks were smaller or larger?"

I would also use this in reading with compare and contrast. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been called the first American fairy tale. I would have students use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast with other fairy tales they are familiar with (Grimm, Perrault, etc.).

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