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a guide to choosing books for beginner readers:
The story of Dorothy and her little dog Toto is a well known classic adventure which inspired the film now as famous as the book itself. The book is written in an easy style despite it’s being quite a long story.
When a cyclone hits Dorothy’s home in Kansas she
and her dog are whisked away to a magical land from which she must follow
brick road to lead her home. Her journey introduces us to the many strange
companions she meets, like the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and the Cowardly
Lion and the problems that they themselves feel they have.
There is plenty food for discussion and thought for readers of all ages often concealed under a humourous surface with a sense of adventure that carries the reader along.
The audience with the wonderful wizard turns out to be a non-event, the wizard himself proving to be nothing more than a humbug. In the same chapter we are indirectly advised to look inside ourselves for the human qualities of courage, kindness and intellect. The futility of searching for them is underlined in the Lion’s search for courage, the Tin Woodman’s search for a heart and the Scarecrow’s search for brains.
Depending on the reader’s interpretation, The Wizard of Oz can be a simple adventure story or a documentary on our perceptions of what’s important in life.