Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dispatch From Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz
by L. Frank Baum

We finished reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz out loud to S. about a week ago. To my surprise, he wanted to jump right into the next one. We have modified the routine a little bit. Instead of me and E. taking turns with reading time, we all want to keep up with what is happening in Oz, so we all curl up on Mommy and Daddy's big bed and read a couple of chapters before bedtime. It is one of my favorite parts of the day. Can't wait until G. is old enough to participate as well. G's. current favorites are Click Clack Moo, Giggle Giggle Quack, and Llama Llama Mad at Mama.

Dorothy is not on the scene in The Marvelous Land of Oz, but I understand she comes back later. There is a new human character, a small boy named Tip who S. really likes because he is inventive and brave. My favorite new character is Jack Pumpkinhead, a wooden man with - you guessed it - a jack 'o lantern for a head. He worries a lot about his head spoiling and shortening his life. A couple of chapters ago, one of the other characters, either the Scarecrow or the Tin Woodman, I can't remember which, told him not to spoil the blue sky of today with the looming clouds of tomorrow. Something we can all remember and take to heart.

Yesterday I heard S. emphatically end a sentence with the word "indeed." Clearly picking up on Baum's writing style and the dialogue patterns of some of his characters. Find time today to read out loud to a child. It will make a difference for them and for you.

Reverent Reader


At 4/3/08, 12:09 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

My boys and I are reading Dorthy and the Wonderful World of Oz. I just requested the juvenile version of "Around the World in 80 days" by Jules Verne.

At 4/3/08, 10:10 AM , Blogger Reverent Reader said...

Hey Lisa - I continue to be amazed at Baum's ability to come up with random, hilarious characters. We were laughing last night at "H.M. Woggle Bug, T.E." I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what the initials mean!

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