The new Oz flick, Oz the Great and Terrible, is making waves at the box office. The original 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, was among the most successful children’s films of all time. But now take a step back even further in time with me. At the close of the nineteenth century, two very creative young men collaborated to publish a book of Nursery Rhymes. Those two men were writer L. Frank Baum and illustrator William Wallace Wenslow. The next year, in 1900, they would introduce the world to Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman (as he was first called), the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked WItch of the West, the ‘humbug’ Wizard and a host of other brilliantly imagined characters which would change the face of children’s litterature forever. There would be 13 sequals. I have two of these first edition books in my library.
Now, own the book that started it all! St. Clair Publications has just released an affordable version of that very first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Get your copy today at www.amazon.com.
But not only are we publishing the classics, but we are making our own Emma Lynn Children’s Books. Maybe some day folks will look back and say, “I have an original of that classic in my library!.”