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A Faithful Story of the Astonishing Adventure

Undertaken by the Tin Woodman, assisted

by Woot the Wanderer, the Scarecrow

of Oz, and Polychrome, the

Rainbow’s Daughter

by

L. FRANK BAUM

“Royal historian of Oz”

This Book

is dedicated

to the son of

my son

Frank Alden Baum

TO MY READERS

I know that some of you have been waiting for this
story of the Tin Woodman, because many of my
correspondents have asked me, time and again what ever
became of the “pretty Munchkin girl” whom Nick Chopper
was engaged to marry before the Wicked Witch enchanted
his axe and he traded his flesh for tin. I, too, have
wondered what became of her, but until Woot the
Wanderer interested himself in the matter the Tin
Woodman knew no more than we did. However, he found
her, after many thrilling adventures, as you will
discover when you have read this story.

I am delighted at the continued interest of both
young and old in the Oz stories. A learned college
professor recently wrote me to ask: “For readers of
what age are your books intended?” It puzzled me to
answer that properly, until I had looked over some of
the letters I have received. One says: “I’m a little
boy 5 years old, and I Just love your Oz stories. My
sister, who is writing this for me, reads me the Oz
books, but I wish I could read them myself.” Another
letter says: “I’m a great girl 13 years old, so you’ll
be surprised when I tell you I am not too old yet for
the Oz stories.” Here’s another letter: “Since I was a
young girl I’ve never missed getting a Baum book for
Christmas. I’m married, now, but am as eager to get and
read the Oz stories as ever.” And still another writes:
“My good wife and I, both more than 70 years of age,
believe that we find more real enjoyment in your Oz
books than in any other books we read.” Considering
these statements, I wrote the college professor that my
books are intended for all those whose hearts are
young, no matter what their ages may be.

I think I am justified in promising that there will
be some astonishing revelations about The Magic of Oz
in my book for 1919. Always your loving and grateful
friend,

L. FRANK BAUM.

Royal Historian of Oz.

“OZCOT”
at HOLLYWOOD
in CALIFORNIA

1918.

 

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