Many of us grew up with the beloved movie, The Wizard of Oz, starring the beautiful Judy Garland as Dorothy. We can sing along to Somewhere Over The Rainbow and may have even found ourselves a time or two clicking our heels together, repeating "There's no place like home." We see magic in ruby slippers and wish we had our own yellow brick road. The question remains . . . how many of us have actually experienced the original; the one through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum?
I have previously read Baum's classic years ago, before the blogging began. I was excited, however, to pick it up again when my kids found a copy at the library. I picked it up willingly, delighted to revisit it, this time with my kids.
The three of us ventured first into Kansas, then flew into the land of Oz. We watched as Dorothy slipped on those silver shoes (yes, they were originally silver!). We walked the yellow brick road alongside Dorothy and Toto as she met her friends: Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. We were in awe of the Emerald City, without wearing the green spectacles. We traveled amongst the dangers on the way to defeat the witch and on the journey Dorothy took to find her way home.
My kids requested I read more frequently and to read just one more chapter. They wanted to discuss the differences from the movie that is so familiar to them. And, they wanted to pause and admire the artwork by W.W. Denslow before reading on. The fact is we finished this book quicker than any other chapter book we have read before. That alone speaks louder than all the praise I can continue to write. Now, we just need to continue to discover the rest of the series together.
I shared Judy Garland's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow above, but just for fun I leave you with one of my personal favorite versions of this song. Enjoy!