Saturday, December 11, 2010

This Time of Year

There are quite a few reasons that this time of year I think about my favorite movie The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. One reason is it is usually on TV the weekend of Thanksgiving. Another is December 17th, 2005 is when my Gram passed away and she and Gramp bought me a special edition of this movie that year for Christmas They were also a big part of why it was my favorite movie. I got a few things from them in their passings Gramp died March 29th, 2006 one was Gramp's copy of the book copyright 1903. I am looking at getting an Android phone and so Isaac and I were looking at the Kindle app and the free books. Well, I downloaded the book and the intro very much surprises me.


Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as "historical" in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer "wonder tales" in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.

Having this thought in mind, the story of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.

L. Frank Baum

Chicago, April, 1900.

I just found it very interesting. Now to go back to reading the story.

The Woodward Family

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