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Dec 09, 2003
| ISBN 9780812970111
Jul 11, 2012
| ISBN 9780307824189
Jun 12, 2012
| 256 Minutes
| Middle Grade (8-12)
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Dec 09, 2003 | ISBN 9780812970111
Jul 11, 2012 | ISBN 9780307824189
Jun 12, 2012 | ISBN 9780307941626 | Middle Grade (8-12)
L. Frank Baum’s timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the ﬁrst uniquely American fairy tale. A combination of enchanting fantasy and piercing social commentary, this remarkable story has entertained and beguiled readers of all ages since it was ﬁrst published in 1900. Ray Bradbury writes in his Introduction, “Both [Baum and Shakespeare] lived inside their heads with a mind gone wild with wanting, wishing, hoping, shaping, dreaming,” and it is this same hunger that makes all of us continue to seek out the story of Oz—and be nourished by it.This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the deﬁnitive ﬁrst edition and includes the New York Times review of that edition as well as the original Preface by the author.
More than a century after L. Frank Baum first released this magical tale of a young girl, Brooke Shields entrances a new generation of young listeners with her narration of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and ask for help from the mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion whom she meets along the way, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.
This edition includes L. Frank Baum’s original introduction to the story, read by the actor Paul Rudd.
Born in 1856, in Chittenango, New York, L. Frank Baum is best remembered for his monumental 1900 classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He returned frequently to the magical world he’d created, writing 13 books set in Oz. His considerable literary output included… More about L. Frank Baum
“Baum was a true educator, and those who read his Oz books are often made what they were not—imaginative, tolerant, alert to wonders, life.”—Gore Vidal
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