The Lion

The Scarecrow

The Tin Man


L. Frank Baun, Chicago, April, 1900.

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Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as “historical” in the children’s library; for the time has come for a series of newer “wonder tales” in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale.

Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incidents.

Having this thought in mind, the story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.

Do you believe that there is a child in your mind? No matter how old you are, he is always in the deepest corner of your mind and accompany you to grow up. 

In the long journey of finding for wisdom, love and courage, we have actually harvested what we want. Life is a process, not an end. Be strong inside, and stand still. Face the evil, live through it, and wait to see the day when you are the final winner.

What does not kill you makes you stronger.


The scarecrow: 

How beautiful it is, it is not bad for you to live here. Why do you want to go back to your barren prairie?


That is because you do not have brain. No matter how dreary my home is, I would rather live there than in any other country. Because there is no place as important as home.