Nostalgia that sparks imagination
I don't have children, but my mother introduced me to this book just a tad over 50 years ago when I was about 5 years old. I'd seen the movie and then my mother used it to help me develop reading skills and fostered imagination. Because of my mother's help in fostering a love of books and challenging me to read at increasingly higher levels, I read this on my own in first grade. While there are some violent incidents in the book, I see no reason to shield children as it give rise to discuss uncomfortable issues. The themes of goodness far outweigh the violent segments, and can also prompt opportunities for learning and discussion. If I had a child, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz would be one of the first books I'd encourage her to read as soon as a few basic reading skills were developed.
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Positive role models