Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
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DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD]

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DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ

BY

L. FRANK BAUM

AUTHOR OF THE WIZARD OF OZ, THE LAND OF OZ, OZMA OF OZ, ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN R. NEILL

BOOKS OF WONDER WILLIAM MORROW & CO., INC. NEW YORK



COPYRIGHT 1908 BY L. FRANK BAUM

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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DEDICATED TO HARRIET A. B. NEAL.

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To My Readers

It's no use; no use at all. The children won't let me stop telling talesof the Land of Oz. I know lots of other stories, and I hope to tellthem, some time or another; but just now my loving tyrants won't allowme. They cry: ”Oz--Oz! more about Oz, Mr. Baum!” and what can I do butobey their commands?

This is Our Book--mine and the children's. For they have flooded me withthousands of suggestions in regard to it, and I have honestly tried toadopt as many of these suggestions as could be fitted into one story.

After the wonderful success of ”Ozma of Oz” it is evident that Dorothyhas become a firm fixture in these Oz stories. The little ones all loveDorothy, and as one of my small friends aptly states: ”It isn't a realOz story without her.” So here she is again, as sweet and gentle andinnocent as ever, I hope, and the heroine of another strange adventure.

There were many requests from my little correspondents for ”more aboutthe Wizard.” It seems the jolly old fellow made hosts of friends in thefirst Oz book, in spite of the fact that he frankly acknowledged himself”a humbug.” The children had heard how he mounted into the sky in aballoon and they were all waiting for him to come down again. So whatcould I do but tell ”what happened to the Wizard afterward”? You willfind him in these pages, just the same humbug Wizard as before.

There was one thing the children demanded which I found it impossible todo in this present book: they bade me introduce Toto, Dorothy's littleblack dog, who has many friends among my readers. But you will see, whenyou begin to read the story, that Toto was in Kansas while Dorothy wasin California, and so she had to start on her adventure without him. Inthis book Dorothy had to take her kitten with her instead of her dog;but in the next Oz book, if I am permitted to write one, I intend totell a good deal about Toto's further history.

Princess Ozma, whom I love as much as my readers do, is again introducedin this story, and so are several of our old friends of Oz. You willalso become acquainted with Jim the Cab-Horse, the Nine Tiny Piglets,and Eureka, the Kitten. I am sorry the kitten was not as well behaved asshe ought to have been; but perhaps she wasn't brought up properly.Dorothy found her, you see, and who her parents were nobody knows.

I believe, my dears, that I am the proudest story-teller that everlived. Many a time tears of pride and joy have stood in my eyes while Iread the tender, loving, appealing letters that come to me in almostevery mail from my little readers. To have pleased you, to haveinterested you, to have won your friendship, and perhaps your love,through my stories, is to my mind as great an achievement as to becomePresident of the United States. Indeed, I would much rather be yourstory-teller, under these conditions, than to be the President. So youhave helped me to fulfill my life's ambition, and I am more grateful toyou, my dears, than I can express in words.

I try to answer every letter of my young correspondents; yet sometimesthere are so many letters that a little time must pass before you getyour answer. But be patient, friends, for the answer will surely come,and by writing to me you more than repay me for the pleasant task ofpreparing these books. Besides, I am proud to acknowledge that the booksare partly yours, for your suggestions often guide me in telling thestories, and I am sure they would not be half so good without yourclever and thoughtful assistance.

L. FRANK BAUMCORONADO, 1908.


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