Today's post is brought to you by the letter R!
I had occassion a while back to acquire several Oz books at our local auction. One of them was The Royal Book of Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson.
The Oz Wikia descibes this book as follows: "The Royal Book of Oz is the fifteenth volume in the Oz book series, and the first written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. While the book was originally credited to series creator L. Frank Baum (who died in 1919), it was in fact written entirely by Thompson."
This is a fine story, written in 1921, though it should be noted that with the passing of L. Frank Baum, this is the earliest version of someone else's vision of Oz. We know her as the 2nd Royal Historian of Oz.
This is a story of the Scarecrow and his search for his roots, which I assume are made of field grass of some sort.
More owls in the background, I see...
Soon, he's off to cross the A-B-C Sea Serpent, courtesy of John R. Neill, the illustrious illustrator.
"How about a little fire, Scarcrow?"
Here, our friend the Scarecrow is in a lecturing mood...
I'm just pleased to see one of the Knights Who Say "NEE!"
Of course, the local citizenry has to march to its own drum.
The Scarecrow don't look so happy, but you gotta love them boots!
Looks like eveyone's there!!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz