Reading Oz


"Tell me something about yourself and the country you came from," said the Scarecrow, when she had finished her dinner. So she told him all about Kansas, and how gray everything was there, and how the cyclone had carried her to this queer Land of Oz. 




 The Scarecrow listened carefully, and said, "I cannot understand why you should wish to leave this beautiful country and go back to the dry, gray place you call Kansas." 




 "That is because you have no brains" answered the girl. "No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."



                    ~ Chapter Four, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

This is what we read Thursday night, and we shall read more this weekend.  Little Sis is so happy it's her turn.  (And if you want a chuckle, go here and read the Scarecrow's reply.  It's funnier if you live in Kansas.)

Merry Weekend!  Read something wonderful!



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  1. Love it. So far I've just read a couple short picture book versions to my daughter, am looking forward to reading the full version. She will prob be getting the dvd for Christmas.

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    1. Little Sis just started listening to the "big kid books" I would read Big Sis this summer. She prefers pictures and shorter stories. Big Sis liked to be lulled to sleep with words when she was little. The Oz books held her attention, but to be honest, she doesn't remember a lot about them. We started them a month or two before she turned 3 and finished the last one when she was 4 1/2. I like this one, but I prefer the later books. I like Ozma, and I prefer John R. Neill's illustrations to Denslow's.

      I still remember showing the movie to Big Sis for the first time. She was 2. She wouldn't have paid much attention, except I'm a huge Wizard of Oz dork who can recite all the lines and sing all the songs and she thought I was hilarious. She doesn't think so anymore.

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    2. I like John R. Neill better too. How cool that she was lulled to sleep with words!

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    3. She always wanted me to tell her stories. I'm not the best storyteller. ;o)

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  2. SO FABULOUS!!! LOVE that shot of the fields.

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    1. Thank you! That was taken on Big Sis's pumpkin patch field trip. It was gray and freezing that day. Soooo cold. It's supposed to be 80 degrees today, though. :oP Freakin' Kansas.

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  3. Love it- the coziness of reading together and sharing very favorite stories. That's what life is all about. That is the perfect gray picture for this post. very cool.

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. That day was so cold and windy and miserable that I didn't take many pictures. This one seemed so fitting! I love the Oz books. I'm so glad to re-read them!

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  4. Wow. I wish I'm a child, born in Kansas, reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz... <3

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    1. The Scarecrow sighed.

      "Of course I cannot understand it," he said. "If your heads were stuffed with straw, like mine, you would probably all live in the beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all. It is fortunate for Kansas that you have brains."

      [Sometimes I truly question their brains, though...]

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