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The Wizard of Oz (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 21 user ratings
ISBN:0375869948
LANGUAGE:English

" Lovely illustrations that seem to be done with colors, which any child would appreciate perhaps more than many of the illustrated versions out there. " said.

" A typical children's fairy-tale: out-of-the-world, and no questions asked. While it claims to have no morals, it does imply that to be kind and good to others is the best way to happiness. I'd love to read it out to my child, when I have one. Though, I did have a problem with Tin Woodman's constant tree-chopping! " said.

" How to work as team? ....That what story said ..... " said.

"Picked up this abridged version of The Wizard of Oz for my niece. There's a "RL:3.1" on the back, which makes me assume this is a level 3 reader, so should be a good fit for her as her teacher said she's at level 2-3.

I have a sentimental attachment to this story because my Dad read me the Oz books when I was a child, and I loved the movie as well. It's been a long time since I read the book, and there are differences from the movie. Most notably, Glinda is the Good Witch of the South and Dorothy doesn't meet her until the end of the book. The witch she meets when she arrives is the Good Witch of the North. For whatever reason, only Glinda gets a name, but she's also the only one who knows how Dorothy can get home, which resolves the plot issue in the movie of why Glinda sends Dorothy to the Emerald City rather than just tell her how to get home.
Another nuance in the book is that Dorothy's three companions demonstrate that they have the things that they are seeking while on the journey--the Scarecrow solves problems showing his intelligence, the Tinman shows compassion and caring of his heart, and the Lion faces down threats showing bravery.
I think this edition does a good job of condensing the story and making it a bit milder for young readers. I just wish there was a discussion question guide--I'd suggest asking young readers to keep an eye out for how the characters show they have the things they seek.
This is part of a series of classics for young readers, and I'll likely pick up a few more in the future for my niece.
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"So if you don’t know already, I am doing the United States of YA Challenge from Epicreads. It really isn’t a challenge because all it is a list of one book that takes place in every state in the United States and this year I challenged myself to read every one of them. One of the books on the list was The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

Since I was a kid I was never interested in The Wizard of Oz, so when I saw the book on the list I was less than happy. I had to rent a 100 paged children's edition because my library (and the other libraries in my district) didn't have the original. Because it was a children's book I was bored out of my mind, but since it was only 100 pages I was able to read it within the hour and get it over with. The dialogue was nice and I enjoyed Dorothy's character, but the one thing I couldn't stand was the Wizard. For one thing, he tricks Dorothy and her friends saying that if they kill the Wicked Witch of the East that he will grant them what they want (to go home, courage, a heart, and brains), but then he doesn't come through. When they confront him about it he says he will do it but only gives them a weird mixture for brains, a felt heart for the heart, and a liquid (that could just be water) for courage. To help Dorothy, the Wizard makes a hot air balloon, but when the rope holding the balloon to the ground snaps and the balloon starts to take off and Dorthy tells him to come back, the Wizard is all 'oh no I can't bye.'

It totally made me hate the Wizard!

After all that, as everyone knows, one of the good witches helps Dorthy to get home and all is well. Overall, I don't recommend this book because it's boring and overrated. I don't see what all the hype is about the movie/books, and I just don't care for them.

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" Lovely illustrations that seem to be done with colors, which any child would appreciate perhaps more than many of the illustrated versions out there. " said.

" A typical children's fairy-tale: out-of-the-world, and no questions asked. While it claims to have no morals, it does imply that to be kind and good to others is the best way to happiness. I'd love to read it out to my child, when I have one. Though, I did have a problem with Tin Woodman's constant tree-chopping! " said.

" How to work as team? ....That what story said ..... " said.

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