The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

I think everyone knows this story, we all grew up with some version during our childhood. The Hollywood version and its telling and retelling has given all of us some idea of the story, even if like me you have never read the book.. Well until now. Dorothy lives with her Uncle Henry, Aunt Em and treasured little dog Toto on a farm in Kansas. When a cyclone strikes Dorothy and Toto are whisked away to the wonderful world of OZ. Here she meets Munchkins befriends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and quite a few others, and has many adventures on her way to the Emerald City and the powerful Wizard called OZ.

Reading the book though short and for children I was surprised at all the differences the book offered on the story that I thought I knew. It is just as dark and beautiful, all the characters and towns all the ideas that are crammed into every page. Yes at first glance through the book it will feel very one dimensional, but reading proved to be a journey that allowed me to see the characters grow, and to take perspective on the nature of wickedness in the book, nothing is ever just straightforward, which will take the edge of any scary moments and make a kid think. It’s all about doing good deeds, kindness and support of each other and friendship.

In essence it is a children’s story so the scope of the journey will feel wide while the depth sot so complex, but to the children’s imagination all of those amazing ideas and characters will be filled in and will spill out over the pages. Maybe that was the aim, a short story that a parent can read at night with the rest being filled in by the child’s imagination. I was really drawn into this world that was bigger and more colourful than the black and white pages it is printed on.

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