Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Wizard of Oz

"No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of fresh and blood rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home"(32).This quotation is from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

A girl named Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas until a cyclone arrives, and takes her and her dog Toto to the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and interesting, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. Wishing to return home, she is helped by the witch of the North, and she meets the Scarecrow who wants a brain, the Woodman who wants a heart and the Cowardly lion who wants courage. They all hope the wizard of Oz help them so they overcome many obstacles together to find him.

After reading this novel, I know that no matter where we are, home is always the best place for us. There are our families and our favorite things. At home, we are safe and relaxed. So no matter how difficult to go home, Dorothy never give up.

I also learn that teamwork is important. When we are in trouble, we can ask friends for help, and also, when our friends in trouble, we should go to help them. In this novel, Dorothy and her friends solve problems together. When the Wicked Witch orders a pack of wolves go to tear them to pieces, “The Woodman raises his axe and chop the wolf’s head from its body, so that it immediately died”(83). When the Wicked Witch orders a flock of crow fly to peck out their eyes and tear them to pieces, “The Scarecrow twisted a neck, until at last all were lying dead beside him”(84).

I think this is a wonderful book for children. The language used in this book makes it fanciful and interesting. It is easy to read, the vocabulary is not horribly complicated. However it contains adult themes so I recommend it for everyone for a fun quick read.

Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz. New York: GuildAmerican, 1978. Print.

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