Oz

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:41 pm
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Last night, I finally read the last few chapters of "The Wizard of Oz" to my daughter Rose. Honestly, the last chapter isn't much of one - it's two paragraphs of Dorothy finally seeing her family again. And the two chapters before that... well, it feels like poor Mr. Baum was running low on energy. It's fun having the wizard blow away without her, it's nice to see her and her friends joining up for another leg of their quest, but what really happens after that?

They meet the china town with the china people inside, which is cute.
They meet the forest beasts, and the Lion kills a horrible monster in it's sleep.
They reach the hammerheads, which they can't apparently go around, so they use the final wish of the Winged Monkeys to arrive in the South, where they then walk further to meet Glinda. (I'm really not sure why they didn't just fly all the way down to where Glinda lives.)
And then Glinda wishes them well, promises to use the Golden Cap to use the Monkeys to send the three companions to where they want to live, and then tells Dorothy to use her shoes to go home.

As fond as I am of the book, I've got to say, the Movie's ending has it's good points - you get the funny bit of the wizard leaving without Dorothy, but then a witch slides by and tells her to use the shoes.

Today, we started on The Marvelous Land of Oz, where we met Tip and watched him create a Pumpkinhead to scare his guardian with. It's amusing that his Guardian, Mombi, is very carefully not a witch, as the Good Witch of the North doesn't look kindly at other witches muscling in on her turf. (She is at best a Sorceress, or a Wizardess, but heaven's no, not a witch!)

Highly amusing. I wonder if we have a copy of the first movie around here?

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