Wizard of Oz - August 18th
A powerful cyclone whips through the Kansas prairie and a young girl, Dorothy, can’t get to the storm cellar in time. She scoops up her little black terrier, Toto and the two of them take an unlikely journey to magical land. As her house finally stops spinning it lands on the wicked witch of the East! Dorothy finds herself in the land of Oz—being hailed by the Munchkins for saving them from the Wicked Witch — a pretty bewildering experience for a little girl from Kansas. Taking the advice of the good witch of the North, Dorothy and Toto bravely set out on the Yellow Brick Road to find a way back home. They soon meet three noble friends: the Scarecrow seeking brains, the Cowardly Lion who wants courage and the Tin Woodman who desires a heart above everything. After a close call in the field of the deadly poppy flowers, the little band reaches the throne room of the great Wizard in the Emerald City.
The Wizard will only help Dorothy and her friends if they will travel to the West and retrieve a broomstick from the wicked witch of the West. By a lucky turn of events—and with help from some new friends and even the winged monkeys—the travelers return to the Emerald City with the broomstick hoping to receive their rewards.
Dorothy and her friends learn that the great Wizard is not what they expected and the good witch of the South, reveals that the power to return to her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry in Kansas was within her power all the time. The Scarecrow is given “brand” new brains, the Cowardly Lion finds courage inside himself and the Tin Woodman receives his heart and his heart’s desire. Dorothy waves goodbye to her new friends and with a wave of Glinda’s wand and three clicks of her heels, the little girl from Kansas and her dog, Toto, finally find themselves home.
About the Author
Born in New York in 1856, L. Frank Baum had his first best-selling children's book with 1899's Father Goose, His Book. The following year, Baum scored an even bigger hit with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and went on to write 13 more Oz books before his death in 1919. His stories have formed the basis for such popular films as The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Oz the Great and Powerful (2013).