Dorothy, an orphan comes to live with her Uncle Henry, a farmer and Aunt Em his wife, in the midst of the dry, grey prairies of Kansas. While her uncle and aunt have grown as grey as the surroundings, Dorothy is still her joyful and merry self, who spends her time laughing and playing with Toto, her dog.
When the story starts, Uncle Henry and Dorothy with Toto in her arms are watching the sky, grey with signs of an impending storm. When the cyclone suddenly looms near, Uncle Henry rushes to care for the livestock while Aunt Em leaves her work and screams for Dorothy to make for the cyclone cellar. But at that moment, Toto jumps from Dorothy’s arms and runs under the bed. While the frightened Aunt Em goes down the cellar, the little girl goes after Toto. Getting him at last, she starts to follow her aunt when she loses her footing and sits suddenly on the floor. The winds having brought the centre of the cyclone upon the house, lifts it up like an air baloon, into the sky and carries it away as lightly as a feather. After hours of howling wind, darkness and nothing terrible happening, Dorothy crawls into her bed followed by Toto and soon falls alseep.
The next morning, she awakens with a shock to find that the house isn’t moving and neither is it dark. To her surprise, the cyclone had set the house gently in the midst of a beautiful country, green with fruit laden trees and flowering plants, birds fluttering and a sparkling brook.
Dorothy soon finds out from the group of Munchkins and the Witch who come to greet her that she is in the Land of Oz, and that thanks to her, the wicked ruler of the place, the Wicked Witch of the East has been killed, with the house falling on her. Anxious to get back home, she enquires of her way back only to be told that a great desert which no one has crossed surrounds the Land of Oz, and that Dorothy would have to remain where she is. Lonley and among strange people, Dorothy begins to cry. Unable to see her grieving, the kindhearted Witch directs her to the City of Emeralds to meet Oz, the Great Wizard.
And so begins Dorothy’s adventure along the road paved with yellow bricks, on which she meets the Scarecrow who wants to have brains, a Tin Woodman, who wants a heart and a Lion, who wants to be brave. All of them journey together to meet the Great Wizard Oz, hoping to get what they each truly desire.
What happens when they finally do meet the Great Wizard? Does he fulfill their wishes or are there more obstacles in their way? Lyman Frank Baum’s, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is not only a tale of fantasy and adventure, but also a tale of friendship, loyalty and genuine simple goodness. Mango Caravan presents this well-loved book in a sturdy paperback edition in the all new series, Five Adventure Classics.