The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Illustrated First Edition (Paperback)
A beautiful edition with more than 160 illustrations and the cover from the 1900 first edition.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American classic. A children's novel written by author L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow, it is one of the best known stories ever written. Sometimes called just The Wizard of Oz, it was adapted for the blockbuster 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. The story chronicles the adventures of a young farm girl named Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their Kansas home by a tornado. Her adventures with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion are known by almost everyone. The author followed up this first book with thirteen additional Oz books that are sequels to the first story.
Fans of historical fiction will delight in this supremely researched and articulated account of the 1913 copper mine strike in Upper Michigan town of Calumet. Vividly told, you'll bond with "Big Annie" who led the Women's Auxillary of the union and persevered under extremely harsh conditions -- brutal weather, brutal food shortages, brutal work requirements and cultural norms. The character of the unforgiving, and unyielding James MacNaughton is so similar to "It's A Wonderful Life"'s Mr. Potter, you pray for him to get his comeuppance. Ah, good reader, be prepared for the sad truths in this historic action which ultimately pushed social mores of the time to give workers better wages and working conditions. Read the afterwords from the author to learn more about this fascinating glimpse of labor relations history. Highly recommended. - reviewed by Maureen