Aunt Em had just come out of the house to water the cabbages when she looked up and saw Dorothy running toward her.
“My darling child!” she cried, folding the little girl in her arms and covering her face with kisses. “Where in the world did you come from?”
“From the Land of Oz,” said Dorothy gravely. “And here is Toto, too. And oh, Aunt Em! I’m so glad to be at home again!”
Children’s story by L. Frank Baum
Vintage illustrations by W. W. Denslow
Let’s Chat About The Stories ~ Ideas for Talking With Kids
1. The lion believes that he has no courage, the tin man believes that he has no heart, and the scarecrow believes that he isn’t smart. Is this true, from the way you see them behave in the story?
2. When did the lion, the tin man and the scarecrow begin to feel better about themselves? Did the Wizard of Oz really change them? What might this say about the way we sometimes feel about ourselves?
3. Dorothy manages to get to the Emerald City with the help of her friends. Do you think she would have managed to do it without them? Why or why not?
4. How do you think friendship helps us in real life?
5. Oz is a wonderful land filled with many beautiful things. Yet Dorothy wishes to go back home to Kansas, which is not nearly so wonderful. But there is something special about it all the same? Why is Kansas special to Dorothy?
6. What does ‘home’ mean to you?