More Oz goodness for you today! Well, some Oz goodness and some Oz weirdness. How's that?
First of all, I received the most marvelous late birthday present last weekend. A very good friend of mine is most excellent at beadwork, and she made me this spectacular Wizard of Oz-themed bracelet! All that beadwork? All by hand. She is amazing.
She doesn't sell the gorgeous stuff she creates, but she did say in the card that I'm her "test market," so perhaps she is planning to start!
Then yesterday at the grocery store, as we walked past a display of cheap DVDs, the case in my lead photo above caught my eye. Here is the back:
Oh, goodness. I've been looking for this. I had seen it on Amazon, but I was hoping to be able to stream it. It seemed too serendipitous to pass up in the grocery store, though, so it came home with me.
Oh, this is an odd one. I can't find any clips to show you, but there are tons of episodes of the 1961 series "Tales of the Wizard of Oz" on YouTube. And it is by Rankin/Bass, best known for all their Christmas specials.
Oh! But speaking of weird Oz things from the '60s, look what else I discovered on YouTube this week! Here is the trailer:
It's a kiddie matinee film of the second book! It's called The Wonderful Land of Oz. You can buy it on DVD, but at the moment, you can find the whole thing on YouTube.
It's cheap and strange, but it's faithful to the book. Compare it to the 1985 Disney film Return to Oz: it had a huge budget, but was just as strange! (And not so faithful...)
In other Oz-related stuff-around-my-house, we are nearly finished reading Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. I have a whole new Oz post for you, once we start The Road to Oz, one of my very favorite Baum Oz books. I received a gift card for my birthday and used it to buy, among other things, the next two Books of Wonder Oz books I needed. You may remember my Oz Museum posts from last spring. I have been following Wamego, KS's Oztoberfest on Facebook, and I hope we will be able to go this year! L. Frank Baum's grandsons Robert and Roger will be there. Just look at the news page on the website. Crossing fingers...
Don't forget the Happy Happy Lunch Box blog hop! Today it's Melissa's turn at Julia's Bookbag. Come back here tomorrow for my turn!