Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration

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Can it really be one hundred years ago that a little girl from Kansas rode a tornado to a wondrous land called Oz? The adventures of Dorothy and her friends have enthralled generations of readers over the last century. Now, in Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, thirty beloved children's book authors and artists pay tribute to the enchanted land that has done so much to nourish our imaginations, to make us laugh, and to inspire us.

In words and images, these great storytellers and illustrators pay homage to an American classic. From a joyous vision of skipping down the Yellow Brick Road alongside Toto...to moving memories of turning to Oz as a source of comfort during wartime...to warm tales of parents and children shoring the pleasure of discovering a magical world together, these reflections celebrate all that is most special about Oz.

Oz has proved to be an image of hope in the most difficult of circumstances, and the vivid words of L. Frank Baum have entranced even the most reluctant of young readers. Appropriately then, in addition to offering tributes to Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, and their friends, Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration honors reading itself Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), which brings diverse literacy activities and free, new books to three and a half million children every year.

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One hundred years ago, a little girl named Dorothy and her Kansas house were picked up by a tornado and whisked away to a land somewhere over the rainbow. This land was called Oz, and it has been the inspirational starting point for generations of children, writers, artists, and dreamers ever since. In this celebration of L. Frank Baum's extensive Oz series, thirty beloved picture book authors and illustrators pay homage to the wondrous Emerald City and its marvelous inhabitants. Brief personal essays are accompanied by remarkable illustrations by the likes of Peter Sís, Tomie dePaola, William Joyce, Kay Chorao, Jules Feiffer, Trina Schart Hyman, and Maurice Sendak. Robin McKinley was thrilled to find stories that featured "Girls Who Did Things." Ann M. Martin loved Frank Baum's poetic dedications in his books. Due to the fall of the Iron Curtain, Oz disappeared from young Peter Sís's life in Moravia for many years--eventually he discovered the communists had deemed it "ideologically incorrect." Madeleine L'Engle, Paul O. Zelinsky, Lloyd Alexander, Natalie Babbitt, and others describe their early encounters and later connections to Baum's imaginary world of tin men, flying monkeys, witches, and hen heroines. This collection of essays and illustrations is truly a labor of love--a perfect gift for any fan of Oz. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Peter Glassman is the owner of Books of Wonder, the New York City bookstore and publisher specializing in new and old imaginative books for children. He is also the editor of the Books of Wonder Classics, a series of deluxe facsimiles and newly illustrated editions of timeless tales. And he is the author of The Wizard Next Door, illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Mr. Glassman lives in New York City.

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