Banned Books Week: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

First published on May 17, 1990 by George M. Hill Company.

Book description:

“Dorothy thinks she’s lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival.”

-From GoodReads.com

Banned reasons:

In 1957 the director of Detroit’s libraries banned the book for  “no value” for children of his day, for supporting “negativism”, and for bringing children’s minds to a “cowardly level”.

Other reasons included the novel’s teaching that females are equal to males, its depicting benevolent witches, promoting the belief that integral human attributes were “individually develop rather than God given” and that animals are personified and can speak.

I love The Wonderful Wizard of Oz so I don’t agree with the crazy things mention here. But to be fair those were different  times. I guess…

Details and pics from this blog are found in Wikipedia.org. The pictures are from GoodReads.com

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