Monday, September 21, 2009

The Wizard of Oz series

Yes, series! Did you know it was a series? We had no idea. Our round trip to town usually takes an hour to drive. So as to not waste the precious time just sitting there, we listen to a lot books on tape. While perusing the book on tape section of the library we saw Ozma of Oz. Hmmm, that is interesting, there is another Oz book?! Now that we have listened to it, and deemed it excellent, we are going to look for the rest of them and recommend them to everyone we know.
This maybe the best keep literary secret out there. There are 15 books in the series by L. Frank Baum written from 1900 to 1920. They are:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Marvelous Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
The Road of Oz
The Emerald City of Oz
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Little Wizard Stories of Oz
Tik-Tok of Oz
The Scarecrow of Oz
Rinkitink of Oz
The Lost Princess of Oz
The Tin Woodman of Oz
The Magic of Oz
Glinda of Oz
We use to consider ourselves quite Oz savvy but now we see we have a ways to go.
I remember watching the Wizard of Oz on t.v. as a kid. It was on once a year and it was a pretty big event at our house. My mom would make popcorn and malts. I would throw a blanket over the coffee table and lay under there in my self made cave munching the popcorn and slurping the malt while watching the show in black and white. It could have been in color back then but I would have never known because we only had a black and white t.v.
When Dancer was little we got her the video so she could start enjoying the movie which is now in color. She loved it so much we even had a board game and a trivia game that we played. We still have the trivia game we should get it back out now that winter will be coming before we know it. When she was four years old she dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween. Spark had just turned one year old and we dressed him as the Cowardly Lion. It was a little fuzzy suit with a hood that was a big mane. It even had a tail with a furry poof at the end. Since he had only been walking for a couple of weeks at that point she pulled him in the wagon. Oh, it was so cute. We lived in a neighborhood that had almost all retired people in it and they would get so excited about the kids coming, they would invite them in to admire their costumes and give them a treat. We didn't have a digital camera then so I can't get a picture on here, darn.
Anyway, if you have kids check out these books, and if you don't have kids, check them as out well. If nothing else, the books will probably expand your vocabulary.


April said...

I knew there were more than one, but no idea there were so many. We will be checking them out!

Have you ever heard the story of how OZ got its name? The author could not think of a name, and happened to glance at his file cabinet and saw the drawer labeled o-z. And it became Oz.

jugglingpaynes said...

I think I read the first to my oldest when she was six. Maybe I need to start checking out the others! I finished the Pippi series with my youngest, so we could use another book series to hold her interest!

Peace and Laughter,