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Baum, L. Frank (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known as L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly famous for his children’s books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels. He wrote a total of 14 novels in the Oz series, plus 41 other novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and at least 42 scripts. He made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and the nascent medium of film; the 1939 adaptation of the first Oz book would become a landmark of 20th century cinema. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high-risk and action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), police corruption and false evidence (Phoebe Daring), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane’s Nieces at Work). (from wikipedia.com)

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

The Patchwork Girl of Oz – L. Frank Baum

This is the seventh book of the Oz series. The Patchwork Girl is one of the most delightful of the stories. The most important new character is Miss Scraps Patches, the patchwork girl herself, who is only a large stuffed doll, but very much alive thanks to the magic Powder of Life, and very brainy, because her stuffing has been well dosed with a part of the contents of all the bottles on the shelf labeled „Brain Furniture“ . Then there is the Woozy, a strange little animal „all squares and flat surfaces and edges“, who isn’t very important except for the three hairs at the end of his tail; his only talent is his fire-flashing eyes. Another unusual creation is Bungle, a glass cat, who is completely transparent and quite conceited because of her pink brains: „You can see ‚em work.

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz.

ISBN: 9783849692346

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The Emerald City of Oz

The Emerald City of Oz – L. Frank Baum

This is the sixth book of the Oz series. Because of financial difficulties, Dorothy’s Uncle Henry has lost his farm in Kansas, and so Dorothy decides to accept Ozma’s oft-repeated invitation to live in Oz permanently. Ozma transports Uncle Henry and Aunt Em to the Emerald City, and they too become residents of this wonderful fairy-land. Just about this time, Ozma and her people are threatened by the wicked Nome King who attempts to invade Oz and destroy the land. All ends well, but Ozma decides that, to protect her country from any possible uninvited guests in the future, Oz should from this time on be invisible to all those who live outside its domain. This of course means that the Royal Historian of Oz will no longer be able to communicate with the inhabitants, and so no further stories of Oz will be possible.

The Emerald City of Oz

The Emerald City of Oz

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The Emerald City of Oz.

ISBN: 9783849692339

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The Road to Oz

The Road to Oz – L. Frank Baum

This is the fifth book of the Oz series. There are a many roads converging at the same place, so that Dorothy and the Shaggy Man, who brushes his hair and beard in the wrong direction so as to look even more shaggy, are not at all sure which one to take. They finally start out along the seventh road because „seven is a lucky number for little girls named Dorothy“, and this eventually takes them into the enchanted domains of Oz. On the way, they meet Button-Bright, a lost little boy from Philadelphia, and Polychrome, the Rainbow’s daughter, also lost because she danced too far over the arc of the Rainbow and slid off the end. As Dorothy and her friends travel on their way to the Emerald City, the color of the paper on which the book is printed changes to indicate their passage through the various parts of Oz and the surrounding countries. The story culminates in a great festival held in the Emerald City to celebrate Ozma’s birthday, at which we meet all the great personages of Baum’s fairyland, many of whom have been interpolated from writings other than those about Oz. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz – L. Frank Baum

This is is the fourth part of the Oz series. Dorothy has previously come to Oz via air and water; this time, with the help of an earthquake, she takes an intra-terrestrial route. The Wizard, who has also fallen through the same great crack in the earth, appears here for the first time since he floated off in a balloon, as described in The Wizard of Oz. He joins forces with Dorothy, her California cousin Zeb, and Jim, an old cab horse, and together they encounter many adventures before arriving safely in the Emerald City. Ozma invites the unemployed Wizard to remain in Oz and be the „Official Wizard“ of her kingdom.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.

ISBN: 9783849692452

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Plot of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (from Wikipedia):

Dorothy Gale is gladly joining her Uncle Henry in California to visit relatives who live at Hugson’s Ranch, after their vacation from Australia in Ozma of Oz. Dorothy meets Hugson’s nephew who is her second cousin, Zeb of Hugson’s Ranch. Dorothy, Eureka (her cat) and Zeb are riding a buggy being pulled by a cab-horse named Jim when a violent earthquake strikes. A crevice opens in the ground beneath them and they fall deep into the Earth. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Ozma of Oz

Ozma of Oz – L. Frank Baum

In this third part of the Oz series, Dorothy, the heroine of The Wizard of Oz, appears again. She finds her way to Oz after falling overboard during a storm at sea on her way to Australia with Uncle Henry. Among other marvelous creatures, she meets Tik-Tok, a machine man who can do only what he is wound up to do; his thought, speech and action mechanisms work separately, and each must be properly wound. There is also the Hungry Tiger, who is a „disgracefully bad tiger“ because his conscience doesn’t allow him to eat fat babies, much as he would like to do this. When Dorothy arrives at the Emerald City she meets Ozma, now Princess of Oz, for the first time, and the two girls become fast friends..

Ozma of Oz

Ozma of Oz

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Ozma of Oz.

ISBN: 9783849692445

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Plot of Ozma of Oz (from Wikipedia):

It has been five years since The Wonderful Wizard of Oz took place. Uncle Henry has been ordered by his doctor to take a vacation from the stress and labor of having to replace the Kansas farmhouse due to the first one being swept away in a cyclone. He is accompanied by his adolescent niece, Dorothy Gale (this is the first of the Oz books in which the reader learns her last name), while aboard a small steamship headed to Australia while Aunt Em and Dorothy’s pet dog Toto, stay behind to look after the newly built farmhouse. While traveling on the sea, a terrible storm suddenly hits, bringing rain and lightning, tossing the little ship violently over the waves. Henry and Dorothy are separated when she is accidentally thrown overboard and cast away into the water along with Billina, a yellow hen that was also on board. The two take refuge in a wooden chicken-coop floating nearby. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Marvelous Land of Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz – L. Frank Baum

This second Oz story brings us further adventures of the Scarecrow (who has succeeded the Wizard as ruler of Oz) and the Tin Woodman. Furthermore we are introduced to some delightful new characters, including Jack Pumpkinhead, the Saw-Horse and the Gump, all of whom have been animated by the magic Powder of Life. We also meet Professor H. M. Woggle bug, T. E. (both Highly Magnified and Thoroughly Educated), who because of his inescapable erudition later becomes the Dean of the Royal College of Oz. There are some exciting moments during which the Scarecrow is overthrown by an army of revolutionary girls, but in the end Princess Ozma, the rightful ruler of Oz, succeeds to the throne.

The Marvelous Land of Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz

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The Marvelous Land of Oz.

ISBN: 9783849692438

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Plot of the Marvelous Land of Oz (from Wikipedia):

The events are set shortly after the events in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and after Dorothy Gale’s departure back to Kansas. The protagonist of the novel is an orphan boy called Tip. For as long as he can remember, Tip has been under the guardianship of a cruel Wicked Witch named Mombi (who is the main antagonist) and lives in the northern quadrant of Oz called Gillikin Country. Mombi has always been extremely mean and abusive to Tip. As Mombi is returning home one day, Tip plans to get revenge and frighten her with a wooden man he has made, with a large Jack-o‘-lantern he carves for a head, thus naming him Jack Pumpkinhead. To Tip’s dismay, Mombi is not fooled by this trick, and she takes this opportunity to demonstrate the new magic „Powder of Life“ that she had just obtained from another sorcerer. Mombi tells Tip that she intends to transform him into a marble statue to punish him for his mischievous ways. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz – L. Frank Baum

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies. One day the house is caught up in a cyclone and carried into the land of the Munchkins, who send her to find the great wizard of Oz, in the city of Emeralds. The adventures that follow belong right into the treasure chest of American childrens’ literature.

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

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The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.

ISBN: 9783849692766

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Plot of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (from Wikipedia):

Dorothy is a young girl who lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry and her little dog Toto on a Kansas farm. One day, Dorothy and Toto are caught up in a cyclone that deposits her farmhouse into Munchkin Country in the magical Land of Oz. The falling house has killed the Wicked Witch of the East, the evil ruler of the Munchkins. The Good Witch of the North arrives with the grateful Munchkins and gives Dorothy the magical Silver Shoes that once belonged to the witch. The Good Witch tells Dorothy that the only way she can return home is to go to the Emerald City and ask the great and powerful Wizard of Oz to help her. As Dorothy embarks on her journey, the Good Witch of the North kisses her on the forehead, giving her magical protection from harm. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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