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Yvette - Bookworlder

Just a middle-brow reader who loves a good story, recipe or how-to.


The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, a truly American fairy tale

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  - L. Frank Baum, W.W. Denslow

Like many Americans, I grew up watching the annual TV broadcast of the Hollywood movie version of The Wizard of Oz.  And while I love the musical Wicked and the Zooey Deschanel miniseries Tin Man, I had absolutely no desire to read anything by L. Frank Baum (partly due to one of my sister's teenage obsession with the movie & Judy Garland), until I saw a PBS special that described the book as the first truly American fairy tale. Now I'm so glad I read it.  It is both more whimsical and (as unsanitized versions of European fairy tales tend to be) more brutal than expected.  I may not choose to read the rest of the series any time soon, but I will look on other Oz-inspired and adapted works with more appreciation.  


Oh, and Toto is a "meat puppy."  Dorothy said it, not me...