Title: The Wizard of Oz (Great Illustrated Classics)
Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Playmore Publishers
Date Published: August 22, 2000 (Original Pub. 1977)
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Dorothy, a farm girl from Kansas, is whisked away by a cyclone to a mysterious and magical land called Oz. There she makes unforgettable friends: a talking scarecrow, a man made out of tin, and a cowardly lion afraid of his own shadow. Dorothy and her new friends follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City where they hope to have the famous wizard grant their wishes. But their path is thwarted by a wicked witch! Can Dorothy and her friends reach Oz and have their wishes granted?
The wizard gets Dorothy home. Dorothy sings and dances and makes new friends. She takes Toto with her. Toto is her dog. I liked The Wizard of Oz because Dorothy killed the Wicked Witch. I liked her friends.
Emma - Age 5
The Wizard of Oz was about getting to the Wizard and getting back home to Kansas. She makes friends with a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion and she meets some mice and winged monkeys. She got a whistle from the mice and a golden cap from the winged monkeys. She realizes that the Wizard is not really a great Wizard and she couldn't fly back home to Kansas because Toto ran off. I like that she finally got to kill the witch and she gets the ruby slippers. The scarecrow gets his brains, the tin man gets a heart and the lion gets some courage.
Jessica - Age 8
I enjoyed reading this book to the girls. The Great Illustrated Classics are a great way to introduce children to the classics since the adaptations are more child friendly. Emma enjoyed the fact that even though this was a thick chapter book it still had pictures on every page. We were all a little amazed at how different the book is compared to the movie, which we've seen countless times. I'd be interested in reading the entire Oz series.