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Escape to classic fantasy land of Oz at your library

We've all seen the movie "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," but did you know L. Frank Baum wrote 14 Oz books, and the movie is only part of the first book?

Remember how scary the flying monkeys were? Well, if you would have read the book before seeing the movie, they wouldn't have been nearly so scary. (Of course, many of us couldn't read yet when we first saw the movie.)

In the book, the poor flying monkeys were actually slaves to whoever possessed the golden cap. On the one hand, Oz books are fun adventures with quests through fantastical places. On the other hand, there is a theory that Baum wrote the Oz books as a monetary allegory. The symbolism practically jumps off the pages... as in the following examples: the yellow brick road equals the gold standard; the tin woodman equals industrial workers; the scarecrow equals farmers of the time; cowardly lion equals the leader of the free silver movement, William Jennings Bryan; Dorothy equals everyman; and Oz itself is the abbreviation for an ounce of gold.

So, whether you are looking for fun adventures with the characters we all know and love from the movie, or you want to analyze the books as allegory to the history of populism, come looking for Oz at your library!

- The Tin Woodman of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. Join the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow as they journey across the fantastic magical Land of Oz in search of the Tin Woodman's long-lost sweetheart. In a series of adventures sure to thrill Oz fans both old and new, these beloved friends face such challenges as a selfish giantess and a group of quarrelsome dragons -- all to fulfill a promise made long ago to a beautiful Munchkin girl.

- The Lost Princess of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. Princess Ozma is missing! When Dorothy awakens one morning to discover that the beloved ruler of the Land of Oz has disappeared, all of the Emerald City's most celebrated citizens join in the search for the lost princess.

But Ozma isn't all that's gone missing. The magical treasures of Oz have disappeared, too, including the Magic Picture, the Wizard's black bag, and even Glinda's Great Book of Records. With no clues to guide them, Ozma's friends separate into four search parties and spread out across their vast country in a desperate quest for their absent ruler.

- L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz, adapted by Michael Cavallaro. Set in a land filled with excitement and wonder, this is an updated and reinterpreted all-new graphic novel version of one of the most enchanting classic fantasy novels.

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