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1. Before he was famous, Baum worked as a poultry breeder, actor and traveling salesman.
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As they travel across Winkie Country searching for her, the Wicked Witch can see them coming towards her castle with her one eye that is as powerful as a telescope. She sends all of her forces to kill them on the spot. First, she sends her 40 great wolves but the Tin Woodman manages to kill them all with his axe.

Second, she then sends her 40 crows to peck their eyes out but the Scarecrow manages to kill them by breaking their necks. Third, she summons her swarm of killer black bees to sting them to death but the Tin Woodman serves as a buffer sitting atop the Scarecrow's straw that hide the others. Fourth, she has the Winkies , her slaves, attack them but the Cowardly Lion's stance repeals them and sends them running away in fear.

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Finally, she uses the power of the magic Golden Cap to command the Winged Monkeys to capture Dorothy, Toto and the Cowardly Lion, and immobilize the others by unstuffing the Scarecrow and terribly denting the Tin Woodman by dropping him on sharp, jagged rocks. This plan is successful and the survivors are carried into the sky to the Witch's castle. The Wicked Witch forces Dorothy to become her slave and to do all the housework for her, all the while scheming to steal the girl's magic silver shoes. The Cowardly Lion is locked up in a cage without food until he will submit to the witch by being a pack animal; luckily Dorothy sneaks him food at night so he does not starve to death.

The Wicked Witch finally tricks Dorothy out of one of her silver shoes and she, in anger, throws a bucket of water at the Witch.

She is shocked to see that the Witch literally melts away before her very eyes as she was apparently allergic to water. The Winkies rejoice at being freed of her tyranny and they help restuff the Scarecrow and mend the damaged Tin Woodman. The Winkies love the latter, and they ask the Tin Woodman to become their ruler, which he agrees to do after helping Dorothy return to Kansas. Dorothy, after finding and learning how to use the Golden Cap, summons the Winged Monkeys to carry her and her companions back to the Emerald City. The leader tells how he and his band were bound by an enchantment to the cap by a princess and sorceress named Gayelette.

When Dorothy and her friends meet the Wizard again, he strangely tries to stall, but Toto accidentally tips over a green screen in a corner of the throne room which apparently he was hiding behind the entire time. He is found to be nothing more than a humbug, using false magic tricks and illusions to pose as a real Wizard. Yet he is just an ordinary old man who, by a circus hot air balloon, came to Oz from Omaha long ago and the people of Oz were so impressed by him they declared him a great wizard.

The Wizard tries his best to make it up to the disappointed group and provides the Scarecrow with a head full of bran, pins, and needles "a lot of bran-new brains" , the Tin Woodman with a silk heart stuffed with sawdust, and the Cowardly Lion a potion of "courage". Their faith in his power gives these otherwise useless items a focus for their desires. In order to help Dorothy and Toto get home, he realizes that he will have to take them home himself, as he has been growing tired of being cooped up all the time and wanting to return to life as a circus magician.

He and Dorothy make a new hot air balloon from green silk. At the send off he reveals himself to the people of the Emerald City one last time and appoints the Scarecrow, by virtue of his brains, to rule in his stead. Dorothy goes after Toto as he chases a kitten in the crowd. In a hurry, the girl attempts to get to the balloon in time, but the ropes break and the Wizard floats away, leaving Dorothy behind.

Dorothy, devastated asks the Scarecrow what she should do. To her dismay the monkeys explain that due to the laws of the magic realm, they can't cross the desert surrounding Oz, subsequently wasting her second command. The Soldier with the Green Whiskers advises that Glinda , the beautiful, wise and compassionate Good Witch of the South, may know of a way to cross the desert surrounding Oz, thus being able to help her and Toto get home. Joker , and dodge the armless and very disagreeable Hammer-Heads on their rocky hill.

To get over the hill Dorothy uses her last and final command to have the Winged Monkeys carry her and her friends over it. The Cowardly Lion also kills a giant spider who is terrorizing and eating up all the animals in a forest and he agrees to return there to rule them after Dorothy returns to Kansas. At Glinda's palace, they are greeted warmly by her all female army.

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It is revealed by Glinda that Dorothy had the power to go home all along, for the charm of the silver shoes can take her anywhere she wishes to go. All she has to do is knock the heels together exactly three times and make a wish. She tearfully embraces her friends, all of whom will be returned, through Glinda's use of the Golden Cap, to their respective kingdoms: the Scarecrow will go to the Emerald City to rule, the Tin Woodman to the Winkie Country, and the Cowardly Lion to the forest.

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Then she will give the cap to the King of the Winged Monkeys, so they will be freed and never be under its spell again. Having bid her friends goodbye one final time, Dorothy does as she was instructed and wishes to return home. She is instantly teleported away in three steps, each step is made within the wink of an eye. When she opens her eyes, she and Toto are finally back in Kansas to a joyful family reunion. The silver shoes, however, fell off on her flight back and are lost forever in the desert. Aunt Em hugs and covers Dorothy in a thousand kisses. She asks her niece where in the world had she come from.

Dorothy tells her aunt about Oz and how glad she and Toto are to be home again. In this inaugural book, Baum first delineates and begins to develop his concepts of the Land of Oz , with its central city and its four countries in the four cardinal directions, each with its characteristic color — the Munchkin Country in the east blue , the Winkie Country in the west yellow , the Quadling Country in the south red , and the Gillikin Country in the north purple. The characters in the first book visit all of the countries except the northern one. Multi-ROM with audio, cartoon and interactive exercises.

Audiobook Listening Sample Your browser does not support the audio element. Description Have you ever met Munchkins or Winkies or monkeys with wings and an all powerful wizard? This is the story of how Dorothy made some wonderful friends in a magic land and how she tried to get back home to Kansas.

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