L. Frank Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

L. Frank
Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

American Children's Book Author, best known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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The Glass Cat is one of the most curious creatures in all Oz. It was made by a famous magician named Dr. Pipt before Ozma had forbidden her subjects to work magic. Dr. Pipt had made the Glass Cat to catch mice, but the Cat refused to catch mice and was considered more curious than useful. This astonishing cat was made all of glass and was so clear and transparent that you could see through it as easily as through a window. In the top of its head, however, was a mass of delicate pink balls which looked like jewels but were intended for brains. It had a heart made of a blood-red ruby. The eyes were two large emeralds. But, aside from these colors, all the rest of the animal was of clear glass, and it had a spun-glass tail that was really beautiful.

The sun had baked the plowed land into a gray mass, with little cracks running through it. Even the grass was not green, for the sun had burned the tops of the long blades until they were the same gray color to be seen everywhere.

There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home.

Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose.

What does it all mean? Am I a Gump, or am I a juggernaut?

Without knowing it the girl was arguing on the side of the world's expert criminologists, who hold that to destroy an offender cannot benefit society so much as to redeem him.

I'm glad you have decided to come back and restore order, for doing housework and minding the children is wearing out the strength of every man in the Emerald City. Hmm! said the Scarecrow, thoughtfully. If it is such hard work as you say, how did the women manage it so easily? I really do not know replied the man, with a deep sigh. Perhaps the women are made of cast-iron.

It is kindness that makes one strong and brave; and so we are kind to our prisoners.

It's a mystery, replied the Lion. I suppose I was born that way. All the other animals in the forest naturally expect me to be brave, for the Lion is everywhere thought to be the King of Beasts. I learned that if I roared very loudly every living thing was frightened and got out of my way.

My world, my world... How can such a good little girl like you destroy all of my beautiful wickedness.

Now I know I've got a heart because it is breaking.

People would rather live in homes regardless of its grayness. There is no place like home.

Still - said the Scarecrow - I'll have a brain instead of a heart. Because a donkey, even if he had a heart, I would not know what to do with it. - I'll stick with the heart - said the Tin Woodman. - Because a brain does not make anyone happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.

The Great and Terrible Humbug.

The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything. You people with hearts, he said, have something to guide you, and need never do wrong; but I have no heart, and so I must be very careful.

They seemed happy and contented, though, remarked the Wizard, and those who are contented have nothing to regret and nothing more to wish for.

Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

what shall we give her? Trot shook her head in despair. I've tried to think and I can't, she declared. It's the same way with me, said Dorothy. I know one thing that 'ud

Wonderful power the Silver Shoes gave her. So the Wicked Witch laughed to herself, and thought, I can still make her my slave, for she does not know how.

I'm glass, and transparent, too, which is more than can be said of some folks, answered the cat. Also I have some lovely pink brains; you can see 'em work.

It is possible for any man, by good deeds, to enshrine himself as a Saint in the hearts of the people.

It's a queer world, and the longer I live in it the queerer I find it. Once I thought it would be a good idea to regulate things myself and run the world as it ought to be run; but I gave it up long ago.

Neither. He's a?a?a meat dog.

Now then, Mr. Crab, said the zebra, here are the people I told you about; and they know more than you do, who live in a pool, and more than I do, who live in a forest. For they have been travelers all over the world, and know every part of it. There's more of the world than Oz, declared the crab, in a stubborn voice. That is true, said Dorothy; but I used to live in Kansas, in the United States, and I've been to California and to Australia--and so has Uncle Henry. For my part, added the Shaggy Man, I've been to Mexico and Boston and many other foreign countries. And I, said the Wizard, have been to Europe and Ireland. So you see, continued the zebra, addressing the crab, here are people of real consequence, who know what they are talking about.

Perhaps I should admit on the title page that this book is By L. Frank Baum and his correspondents, for I have used many suggestions conveyed to me in letters from children. Once on a time I really imagined myself an author of fairy tales, but now I am merely an editor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I am requested to weave into the thread of my stories...My, what imaginations these children have developed! Sometimes I am fairly astounded by their daring an genius. There will be no lack of fairy-tale authors in the future, I am sure. My readers have told me what to do with Dorothy, and Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and I have obeyed their mandates. They have also given me a variety of subjects to write about in the future: enough, in fact, to keep me busy for some time. I am very proud of this alliance. Children love these stories because children have helped to create them. My readers know what they want and realize I try to please them. The result is satisfactory to the publishers, to me, and (I am quite sure) to the children. I hope, my dears, it will be a long time before we are obliged to dissolve partnership.

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American Children's Book Author, best known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz