Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Wizard of Oz~A Dash of Whimsy Over the Canvas of Imagination

  It's raining and moody...drips are falling from the eaves, and the dogs are hiding in their houses. Wonderful weather for reading, isn't it? Just the other day I went to the library and found Wizard of Oz. It's been on my list for quite awhile, and finally I endeavored to read it. Little did I know....

  It's a series. How on earth did I not know that before?

wizard of oz landscape scott gustafson
Source: Scott Gustafson, pinterest

  Wizard of Oz, like for most of us, was introduced to me by the movie. It's a timeless favorite, I still watch it, enjoy it. Especially on days when I'm making treats. (And especially when it's autumn). I rebuked myself for taking so long in actually getting to read the book. I remember listening to the audio when I was little, but I don't count that. And I remember so little. The only part I distinctly remember is the part when the lion knocks the hideous spider's head off. Loved that part. It's easy to see that I've always been a lover of action and battle.

vintage wizard of oz picture

  What does a timeless classic teach us? With Wizard of Oz, it was simple--and easily beloved because it was so simple, and fun. It shares a universal truth--often enough what we're really looking for is right in front of us. Life. Home. There is something so precious and timeless about these truths. They will never get old. Because we will always keep searching, up and away, down and over--for the thing that we feel we are looking for. Sometimes it is Out There. But often enough, we just need to go away so we can see what we had--and if we're lucky, return. Dorothy was lucky. And there is also the turth that often we feel like humbugs--fakes. But we are who we make ourselves, as the characters of this book showed so well.

dorothy and toto picture

  Dorothy was a spunky little girl we could relate to. So was the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion. I was thrilled to see how many adventures they had. Finished it in a few hours. (I was surprised that the Slippers were silver, and not ruby--I guess that is something that the movie makers decided to change)!

  A dash of whimsy, a canvas of imagination--that's enough to take anyone over the rainbow, isn't it? If you've read the books, what were your impressions? What did you love?

I am definitely getting the rest.

  Soon, as part of my reviews of the Wizard of Oz series, I will also be doing a commentary/review on the new movie, which I really enjoyed! 

emerald city landscape

E. C. Shore


  1. I liked the part where they had to cross that enchanted meadow and the lion fell asleep and the only way they could get him out of there was with the mice help.

  2. Hi.

    This was one of my childhood favourites. It's also on my reading list. I purchased the book a few months ago but still haven't gotten round to it. It will be interesting to see the similarities with the movie. I watched it again some time ago and realised that it is somewhat less enchanting when you're all grown up. Nevertheless, I'll always dream of that place somewhere over the rainbow and wonder if some people are missing brains and hearts...

  3. I agree. Sometimes it'd be nice to just go all "Wicked Witch" on those kinds of people...but perhaps that wouldn't do any good. Although, I DO think it would be awesome to get a costume made of The Wicked Witch of the East's dress in the new movie. I really liked the look! But that's another topic.
    I do realize that my experience at times is different watching the classic, being older--but it actually depends on how I'm feeling. Sometimes I just feel like a child again, which is welcome. Granted my mother would argue that I never stop being a starry-eyed, impish child. Hope that never goes away. ;)

  4. Yes, that was fun! So funny. Life likes to throw us for surprises, so it was realistic in that way, wasn't it? And life would be so boring if it wasn't like that! ;D

    Oh, I just had a splendid idea. During on of my travels someday, I can find a field of flowers, and have my picture taken as if I've passed out in it from the enchantment. I know several people who would get a kick out of it.