The wizard of the Emerald City: Adapted from L. Frank Baum's The wizard of Oz ; and, Urfin Jus and his wooden soldiers (Tales of magic land)

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Includes a Russian adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" along with the author's first sequel about the adventures of Ellie, a young girl from Kansas, in Magic Land.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

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Grade 4-6--Two Russian novels that have little to offer contemporary American children. The first, an adaptation of Baum's The Wizard of Oz, features fa miliar characters with unfamiliar names. The second is an original se quel. Marred by stilted language, pre dictable plots, and shallow character izations, the books will be difficult even for adult readers. In Emerald City, the similarity to Baum's work results in a marked lack of suspense or excitement; a distinctly moralizing tone and decid edly ponderous writing style further distance readers from the story. Urfin Jus, the stronger of the two, is similarly flawed. Passive constructions, awk ward dialogue and the too-frequent use of repetition distract readers from the adventures. While students of compar ative literature or Soviet studies will be intrigued by this unusual opportunity to see how an American phenomenon was incorporated into and adapted by an other culture, most libraries will not need this esoteric volume.
-Lisa Den nis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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