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The Wizard of Oz
1st American ed.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., ©1999.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 29 cm
Series title(s):
A simplified retelling of Dorothy's adventures after a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz and she must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.


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"There's a cyclone coming!" Uncle Henry shouts. But it is too late for his niece. Snatched away from her home in Kansas, Dorothy finds herself in the land of Oz. There she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman, and a Lion, and together they set off down the yellow brick road to seek the Wizard of Oz. For nearly 100 years, children have been entranced by the wonderful world of Oz. In this Young classics edition, children can enjoy the imaginary land of Oz and also learn about real life on the Kansas prairies 100 years ago. Photography and background information help to set the scene, and bring Dorothy and her friends to life for a new generation of children.

Author Notes

Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz series, Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in New York. When Baum was a young man, his father, who had made a fortune in oil, gave him several theaters in New York and Pennsylvania to manage. Eventually, Baum had his first taste of success as a writer when he staged The Maid of Arran, a melodrama he had written and scored.

Married in 1882 to Maud Gage, whose mother was an influential suffragette, the two had four sons. Baum often entertained his children with nursery rhymes and in 1897 published a compilation titled Mother Goose in Prose, which was illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The project was followed by three other picture books of rhymes, illustrated by William Wallace Denslow.

The success of the nursery rhymes persuaded Baum to craft a novel out of one of the stories, which he titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some critics have suggested that Baum modeled the character of the Wizard on himself. Other books for children followed the original Oz book, and Baum continued to produce the popular Oz books until his death in 1919. The series was so popular that after Baum's death and by special arrangement, Oz books continued to be written for the series by other authors. Glinda of Oz, the last Oz book that Baum wrote, was published in 1920.

(Bowker Author Biography)