The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By L. Frank Baum

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion—they’re now as loved part of American folklore as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan. considering its first ebook in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s tale of a bit woman over excited via a twister to the unusual and gorgeous Land of oz. has had a unprecedented emotional effect on wide-eyed readers younger and old.

As Dorothy trips down the yellow brick highway to the Emerald urban, hoping the nice and poor Wizard who lives there'll support her go back domestic, she stocks adventures with the well-known trio of characters, defeats a depraved witch, and learns in regards to the energy of friendship, loyalty, and self-confidence. whereas students have debated for many years over attainable political meanings hidden in the story, Baum himself claimed he easily desired to write a “modernized fairy story, during which the wonderment and pleasure are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.” because it has performed for generations earlier, this vintage of myth experience speaks movingly approximately what each baby wishes: the Woodman’s compassion, the Lion’s braveness, and the Scarecrow’s knowledge.

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As she left them the milk-maid solid many reproachful glances over her shoulder on the clumsy strangers, conserving her nicked elbow on the subject of her part. Dorothy used to be rather grieved at this mishap. “We has to be very cautious here,” stated the kind-hearted Woodman, “or we may well damage those beautiful little humans so that they won't ever recover from it. ” a bit farther on Dorothy met a such a lot fantastically dressed younger princess, who stopped brief as she observed the strangers and began to run away. Dorothy desired to see extra of the Princess, so she ran after her; however the china lady cried out, “Don’t chase me! don’t chase me! ” She had this kind of nervous little voice that Dorothy stopped and acknowledged, “Why now not? ” “Because,” responded the Princess, additionally preventing, a secure distance away, “if I run i'll cave in and holiday myself. ” “But couldn’t you be mended? ” requested the woman. “Oh, definite; yet one isn't so lovely after being mended, you know,” spoke back the Princess. “I feel not,” acknowledged Dorothy. “Now there's Mr. Joker, one in all our clowns,” persisted the china girl, “who is often attempting to stand upon his head. He has damaged himself so frequently that he's mended in 100 locations, and doesn’t examine all beautiful. the following he comes now, so that you can see for your self. ” certainly, a jolly little Clown now got here strolling towards them, and Dorothy may perhaps see that during spite of his lovely outfits of purple and yellow and eco-friendly he was once thoroughly coated with cracks, operating each which manner and exhibiting it seems that that he were mended in lots of areas. The Clown positioned his fingers in his wallet, and after puffing out his cheeks and nodding his head at them saucily he stated, “My girl reasonable, Why do you stare At terrible previous Mr. Joker? You’re really as stiff And prim as though You’d eaten up a poker! ”f “Be quiet, sir! ” acknowledged the Princess; “can’t you notice those are strangers, and may be taken care of with recognize? ” “Well, that’s appreciate, I expect,” declared the Clown, and instantly stood upon his head. “Don’t brain Mr. Joker,” acknowledged the Princess to Dorothy; “he is significantly cracked in his head, and that makes him silly. ” “Oh, I don’t brain him a bit,” acknowledged Dorothy. “But you're so beautiful,” she endured, “that i'm definite i may love you dearly. Won’t you enable me hold you again to Kansas and stand you on Aunt Em’s mantle-shelf? i'll hold you in my basket. ” “That may make me very unhappy,” responded the China Princess. “You see, the following in our personal nation we are living contentedly, and will speak and flow round as we please. yet each time any folks are taken away our joints right away stiffen, and we will in basic terms stand immediately and glance lovely. after all that's all that's anticipated people after we are on mantle-shelves and cupboards and drawing-room tables, yet our lives are a lot pleasanter the following in our personal kingdom. ” “I wouldn't make you sad for all of the global! ” exclaimed Dorothy; “so I’ll simply say goodbye. ” “Good-bye,” spoke back the Princess. They walked conscientiously throughout the china state. The little animals and all of the humans scampered out in their manner, fearing the strangers could holiday them, and after an hour or so the travelers reached the opposite part of the rustic and got here to a different china wall.

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