|Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill.|
Originally published by Reilly & Britton, 1916.
Books Of Wonder edition, HarperCollins, 1998.
I could not remember much of the plot when we began reading last week. Baum did not intend for this to be an Oz book. In fact, none of the famous inhabitants of Oz appear until near the end of the book, and it doesn't even take place in Oz!
The book begins on the Island of Pingaree, where we meet the young Prince Inga. Inga's father has just told him the secret of the three magic pearls that help protect the kingdom, a gift from the mermaids many years before, when a small ship arrives, bearing jolly King Rinkitink of Rinkitink, and his talking goat. Rinkitink has sneaked away from his own kingdom in order to pay his respects to his neighbors.
One day, invaders from the islands of Regos and Corregos storm the island. The king has no chance to grab the magic pearls from their hiding place. All but Inga, Rinkitink, and the goat are taken to be slaves, and all the buildings on Pingaree are torn down. Inga retrieves the pearls and with the jovial Rinkitink and his surly goat, he sets sail to save his parents and kingdom.
From there, I'm afraid, I will need to read the book! So much happens! Please read the synopsis on Wikipedia if you're desperate to know what happens next.
I do remember that the Nome King figures into it. Baum started this book in 1905, when the Nome King was the evil Roquat (later Ruggedo), and before he was deposed in favor of the much nicer Kaliko. Kaliko becomes a much more complicated character in this one.
Eventually, Dorothy shows up with a basket of eggs to lend a hand.
I have no cool film or television adaptations to link to today, but I do have an extra special treat to show you! One last birthday present, in fact. I received a beautiful card and package from the lovely Jane Chérie this weekend! She is one of the sweetest people in Blogland, I do believe. Inside the box were four Lalaloopsy mini figures, which was exciting enough. But I gasped when I realized which mini dolls she had sent me.
There is Dorothy Gale Winds, Baley Sticks N Straws, Kitty B. Brave, and Tinny Ticker. Yesterday, the girls and I started plotting a little playhouse for them. Today, we made another shoe box dollhouse, complete with a yellow brick road, an Emerald City rendered by Little Sis, button flowers, and rocks and button stacks to help prop up the dolls.
Thank you so much, Jane Chérie, for your friendship and for the gifts! xoxoxoxo
Tomorrow is the first day of school! I can't believe I'm saying this, but the summer was much too short this year!