With original illustrations by W.W. Denslow, in their true colors, this edition of The Wizard of Oz brings you all the unforgettable characters from the classic story by L. Frank Baum. The Scarecrow may be sad because his head is stuffed with straw instead of brains, and the Tin Woodman may say he has no heart, but millions of young readers have not been fooled; they know that these creatures are among the wisest and most loving of all the characters in children's literature. And that, doubtless, is one reason why The Wizard of Oz is one of the country's best-loved fairy tales. It is an unusual fairy tale, since there are no bloodcurdling incidents or fearsome morals to be pointed out. It is simply a story of quiet wisdom and gentle humor that generations have remembered with a special feeling of affection. This edition has the whole story of Dorothy's trip to the Emerald City in its original form, including every word and all the striking color plates of the original book first published in 1900. Now many more young readers today an become acquainted with the Cowardly Lion, the beautiful Glinda, the Great and Terrible Oz himself, and all the other immortal creatures living in the land of Oz. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.