L. Frank Baum Books

The Wizard of Oz

This Special edition of The Wizard of Oz is unlike any copy of this classic in print today.

Here, in both Baum’s story and wonderful photographs from the MGM movie blockbuster, is the delightful, enchanting journey of Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas, who travels to the great city of Oz to find the Wizard.

Ray Bolger, beloved for his memorable role as the Scarecrow, tells how Baum’s story developed into a magical film, and he proudly discusses his part in it.

Charming illustrations adapted from the story by renowned artist Robert Leydenfrost introduce each chapter.

The original text of Baum’s fantasy tale, first published in 1900, has been faithfully reproduced in this edition and contains the captivating adventures of brave young Dorothy, her little dog Toto, and her companions the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, dearly loved by generations of children and adults alike.

There are few of us who are not aquatinted with the Munchkins . . . who have not trembled at the Wicked Witch of the West . . . who have not wondered at the beauty of the Emerald City.

So, for those of you who know Oz and for those to whom this is a first voyage to an immortal land, a joyous welcome!

( Above text from the hardcover dust jacket of an out-of-print edition. )
( Copyright © 1978 by Nelson Doubleday, Inc. )

The Life and Adventure’s of Santa Claus

There is no more beloved figure for children and adults alike than Santa Claus. There are many variations of the Santa Claus legend, explaining who he really is, where he came from and how he became the jolly, eagerly awaited Christmas visitor who brings the gift of joy to children everywhere.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum is the most charming and imaginative of all the tales about Saint Nicholas. Baum—best known as the creator of The Wizard of Oz—published this lovely story in 1902, and this new edition makes it accessible to a new generation of readers. You’ll learn how Santa Claus, abandoned as a newborn baby in the enchanted Forest of Burzee, is adopted by the wood nymph Necile. You’ll follow Claus as he grows to manhood, and discover how he created the first toy by whittling the image of his cat in wood.

As Claus’ story continues to unfold we learn how he earned the name Santa Claus, how it came to be that he delivers gifts by reindeer and sled, why he comes on Christmas and only down the chimney. There are also charming explanations of the origins of the Christmas tree and the tradition of stocking stuffing.

The felicitous combination of L. Frank Baum’s graceful lilting language and Mary Cowles Clark’s delightful illustrations make The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus an entrancing reading experience for young and old alike. Its message about the importance of love and kindness in a difficult world endows this story with a universality that goes far beyond the bounds of Christmas. It is a tale, loving told, as timeless and immortal as beloved Santa Claus himself.

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