ABOUT THIS BOOK
DID YOU KNOW?
• It took L. Frank Baum 44 years to get to Oz. After attempts to be an
actor, a breeder of prize chickens, a merchant in a Wild West town,
and other occupations, he finally made a success doing exactly what
he had always loved to do: tell stories for children.
• A neighbor asked Frank where the creatures—a scarecrow, a lion,
and wizard—in his story lived. His gaze fell on a file cabinet: two
drawers labeled A–N and O–Z. “Oz!” was his reply.
• Frank’s heroes were almost always self-reliant girls. One of his
biggest influences was his mother-in-law, Matilda Joslyn Gage, who
helped Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony found the
National Woman Suffrage Association.
DISCUSSION AND WRITING
• L. Frank Baum tried many careers on his long, curly road to success.
How do you think Frank stayed positive even when he did not
succeed? How did his imagination and ambition pay off?
• Frank said, “The imaginative child will become the imaginative man
or woman most apt to create, to invite, and therefore to foster
civilization.” What do you think he meant by this statement?
• “How delicious it was to play with words!” L. Frank Baum loved
to write from an early age. At age 14, he and his brother published
the Rose Lawn Home Journal, a monthly newspaper about Baum
family life. Try your hand at your own newspaper about your own
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