The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.

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age 8+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 8 reviews

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Young Dorothy Gale lives with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and dog Toto on a farm in Kansas. One day, she and Toto fly by tornado to the Land of Oz. Her falling house kills the Wicked Witch of the East. The Good Witch of the North comes and gives Dorothy silver shoes that will take her home again, if she takes the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and asks the Wizard of Oz to send her back to Kansas.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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