Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

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One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto as they get swept away into the magical land of Oz , where they encounter characters and places you may remember from the movie--and several more that never made it to the big screen--on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City.

I'm not a fan of Anne Hathaway, so I was a bit nervous about listening to this version.  But I got it free from Audible, so it wasn't going to be a huge deal if I hated it and flounced.

I'm truly impressed.  Hathaway did an amazing job with the narration.  I've never read the book before, but I love the movie, and I wanted to know what they cut out when they adapted the story.

I wouldn't say that the book is better, but it is different.  Did you know that the ruby slippers were originally silver?  Or that Glenda the Good Witch doesn't meet Dorothy until the end?  And there are little made-of-china people who live in Oz?  There's a plethora of new experiences!

Highly recommended.  I can't wait until my kids are older so we can read this as a family.

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