Book Review of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 20 Minutes A Day
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Frank L. Baum
Edited by Judy Johnson
Ages: 8-12 | 200 Pages
Publisher: Bushel & Peck Books (2023) | ISBN: 9781638191414
What to Expect: Family, home, classic literature, magic, adventure, and friendship.
Frank L. Baum’s classic story has been a favorite with young readers for generations, and it remains as enchanting today as it has ever been.
All Dorothy wants is to GO HOME. However, when the cyclone hit her family farm, it swept her and the farmhouse up together and dropped them somewhere that did not look very much like Kansas. The farmhouse has landed in a very strange land – and right on top of a witch. If she wants to get home, Dorothy will have to get some help from the Great Wizard Oz in the Emerald City.
It turns out the witch Dorothy killed has a sister, and she’s got other plans for Dorothy. Accompanied only by three very dubious traveling companions, the scarecrow, the tin man, and the cowardly lion, Dorothy will have to outwit the witch, win the help of the wizard … and perhaps save Oz along the way.
Feisty and compassionate Dorothy is the perfect heroine for this home-and-back quest story, and her three companions remain a wonderful illustration of the importance of diversity in both friendship and growth. This new edition of the classic tale is tailor-made for classroom reading, with each chapter carefully chunked to be read in 20 minutes or less. A wide page margin makes space for key vocabulary, which is also bolded in the main text, while discussion questions at the end of each chapter help readers engage more deeply with the text.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 20 Minutes A Day is a fantastic resource for introducing classic literature to young readers in a fun and accessible way.
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About the Editor
Judy Johnson is a retired teacher-librarian who taught and shared books with kids for thirty-five years in California. She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her best friend and husband, Brian. She loves to read, visit her children, take trips with Brian, and pretend to be crafty.