We often get distracted by the workings of grandkids, and so once more, the late hour turns early and I still think of this as Friday!
The Oz Wikia describes the first of all Oz books as follows:
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, also known as The Wizard of Oz, is the first book in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. The book was illustrated by W. W. Denslow, and published in 1900."
It also gives a fine, short summary of the story.
"Dorothy Gale, a girl from Kansas, gets swept into the Land of Oz with her dog Toto by a cyclone. She meets a living Scarecrow, a man made entirely of tin, and a Cowardly Lion while trying to get to the Emerald City hoping that the the Great Oz can help her return home. Oz commands them to destroy the Wicked Witch of the West, which they do, but when they return they discover that the Wizard is a humbug. Dorothy and her friends travel to Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, and she finally is able to help Dorothy get home."
Of course, we all know the story from the movie... or do we?
Nice way to start a book!
Here, we meet the Good Witch of the North and three Munchkins.
Soon, Dorothy has a new friend.
Then another one appears!
Then the Cowardly Lion makes 5!
Along the way, they run into Kalidahs, whihc have the heads of tigers, the bodies of bears and claws sharp enought to split a man in two! Lion, tiger and bears, oh my! Sound familiar?
Then, it's a jump into the field of poppies and the Queen of the Field Mice and her subjects save the day... Notice no snow!
Now the Emerald City shows off its brilliance, courtesy of green glasses.
Looks like the Tin Woodman needs a tune-up!
And then we're off to see the Wizard!
W.W. Denslow certainly had a unique view of Oz and varied greatly from John R. Neill, who took over after this book. His was the first though...
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz