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“Come along, Toto,” she said. “We will go to the Emerald City and ask the Great Oz how to get back to Kansas again.” She closed the door, locked it, and put the key carefully in the pocket of her dress. And so, with Toto trotting along soberly behind her, she started on her journey.
A cyclone whisks Dorothy away from Kansas to Oz – an enchanted land ruled by witches and wizards, where animals talk, monkeys fly, and a pair of silver shoe holds magical powers. She fears she may never see her home or her beloved Aunt Em and Uncle Henry again. But with her little dog Toto, she sets off on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where she asks the great Wizard of Oz to help her return home. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. The band of friends encounters many action-packed adventures and braves terrible dangers, not least the Wicked Witch of the West, who has a score to settle with Dorothy …
First published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s marvellous story deftly weaves together the magical elements of traditional fairy tales with an exciting quest and unforgettable characters. Of course, at its heart is Dorothy, the brave little girl-next-door, with whom child readers can immediately identify. This beautiful new edition brings together the complete and unabridged text with over 70 magnificent illustrations by the award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.