Until now, I never...
Read the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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My friend in Palm Springs was pretty disappointed that this was my ‘I Never’ for today.  She’s been been pushing hard for some outrageous ‘I Nevers’.  But I’m just boring.

Today we spent most of the day by the pool relaxing, eating, drinking, people watching, and reading, and I have to say I was pretty excited to be reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  I don’t know why I never thought to read it before, especially considering how many times I’ve watched the movie “The Wizard of Oz”.  But before we left for our trip I bought a t-shirt with a picture of the tin man on it – the tin man from the book not the movie -  which got me thinking a lot about the Wizard of Oz in general.  I wondered if the book and the images were copyright protected or not.  Turns out they’re not.  The Wizard of Oz was published in 1900 and entered the public domain in 1956.  And I wondered about the meaning behind the Wizard of Oz.  Could it be something spiritual or political?  Holy cow, I didn’t know there was so many theories on this subject, and some of those theories are about the movie and some are about the book.  So I decided to buy the book and decide for myself.

I’m so glad I did, because the book is so awesome!  It’s totally different from the movie.  For example:  It spends only one brief chapter in Kansas, the ruby slippers are actually silver shoes, there are so many more adventures and strange happening, and the wizard changes his appearance with every visit.  And I loved the illustrations so much.  Often they take up whole pages with the text laid right on top.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz illustration for the book

I enjoyed reading the Wonderful Wizard of Oz so much, and I’m in love with the illustrations.  And since they it’s in the public domain, I just might have to use them for something…