From Dorothy's modest Kansas farm, to the yellow-brick road, from the Wicked Witch of the West to the Emerald City, unforgettable icons abound in L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. One of the most memorable stories in American history, this tale has spawned plays, sequels, and most notably the innovative 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. With this brand new recording, follow Dorothy as she meets Munchkins, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion. This edition is not to be missed.
For many of us, the adventures of Dorothy in Oz will forever be associated not with Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but with W. W. Denslow's exceedingly odd line drawings for the original editions of Baum's Oz series. The Viennese artist Lisbeth Zwerger, however, goes a long way toward providing a new and refreshed set of images for the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the humbug wizard. These illustrations are often cockeyed, with occasional realistic details thrown in, like a crow with a corncob in its beak in the first portrait of the Scarecrow. The characters have a poignance and oddity that escaped the makers of the Oz movie.