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Country Colors

Today is L. Frank Baum’s birthday, and I’m making an Oz post. Granted, I do this pretty much every week, but still. Today’s subject is one that comes into play all the way back in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, … Continue reading

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You’re a Grand Oz Flag

The first mention of a flag for the Land of Oz appears in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, in which it’s described as such: “This flag was divided into four quarters, one being colored sky-blue, another pink, a third … Continue reading

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Imagi-National Studies

Just as Middle-Earth is a European fantasy land, Oz is an American one. That said, does its geography have any basis in that of the United States? I would say there’s some. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the eastern … Continue reading

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Zim City

Today’s Oz character is a star in Melody Grandy’s Seven Blue Mountains of Oz trilogy. There are spoilers for these books in the post, and I would definitely recommend reading them if you haven’t yet. They really are good books, … Continue reading

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Everything’s Coming Up Ojo

In The Patchwork Girl of Oz, L. Frank Baum introduces his fourth boy protagonist to the Oz series, Ojo the Unlucky. He’s not really a stereotypically boyish boy, but instead rather solemn and insecure, with a tendency to break out … Continue reading

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Witch-ay Woman

While the Wicked Witch of the West is a somewhat significant character in the Oz books, it’s really the MGM movie that thrust her into super-stardom. It’s Margaret Hamilton in green makeup and black clothes who makes lists of the … Continue reading

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