I wish I would have had a movie camera filming the faces of my second graders as I read them The Wizard of Oz. They absolutely loved it! This book is pure magic, a wonderful tale that children never forget and grown-ups love to revisit. What a pleasure to share this book (and then the movie) with my first class of second graders.
It’s such an enjoyable beginning for a journey into Once Upon a Time, and that’s why I chose it as my first selection for Carl V’s Once Upon a Time 2 challenge. If you haven’t read it, you must. And if you have the opportunity to read it aloud to a child, or to children, please do so. It’s an incredible experience! I’m sure that L. Frank Baum wrote it for exactly that purpose, and every word must have been tried out on youngsters and fine-tuned for the experience. It certainly captured the hearts of my second graders and triggered a chain reaction of imagination in them (see the artwork above).
I loved rereading this book, and I also loved watching the 1939 movie afterward. In celebration of this book and Carl’s new book challenge, I leave you with some favorite quotes from the book and a video of the lovely Eva Cassidy singing “Over the Rainbow.”
“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”
“All the same,” said the Scarecrow, “I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.”
“I shall take the heart,” returned the Tin Woodman; “for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”
“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”
“A baby has brains, but it doesn’t know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.”