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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum

Table of Contents:

Introduction
The Cyclone
The Council with the Munchkins
How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
The Road Through the Forest
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
The Cowardly Lion
The Journey to the Great Oz
The Deadly Poppy Field
The Queen of the Field Mice
The Guardian of the Gate
The Wonderful City of Oz
The Search for the Wicked Witch
The Rescue
The Winged Monkeys
The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible
The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
How the Balloon Was Launched
Away to the South
Attacked by the Fighting Trees
The Dainty China Country
The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts
The Country of the Quadlings
Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy′s Wish
Home Again

Introduction

Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as "historical" in the children′s library; for the time has come for a series of newer "wonder tales" in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.

Having this thought in mind, the story of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.


L. Frank Baum
Chicago, April, 1900.



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