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In which is related how Dorothy Gale of Kansas,

The Shaggy Man, Button Bright, and Polychrome

the Rainbow’s Daughter met on an

Enchanted Road and followed

it all the way to the

Marvelous Land

of Oz.

by L. Frank Baum

“Royal Historian of Oz”

Well, my dears, here is what you have asked for: another “Oz Book”
about Dorothy’s strange adventures. Toto is in this story, because
you wanted him to be there, and many other characters which you will
recognize are in the story, too. Indeed, the wishes of my little
correspondents have been considered as carefully as possible, and if
the story is not exactly as you would have written it yourselves, you
must remember that a story has to be a story before it can be written
down, and the writer cannot change it much without spoiling it.

In the preface to “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz” I said I would like
to write some stories that were not “Oz” stories, because I thought I
had written about Oz long enough; but since that volume was published
I have been fairly deluged with letters from children imploring me to
“write more about Dorothy,” and “more about Oz,” and since I write
only to please the children I shall try to respect their wishes.

There are some new characters in this book that ought to win your
live. I’m very fond of the shaggy man myself, and I think you will
like him, too. As for Polychrome–the Rainbow’s Daughter–and stupid
little Button-Bright, they seem to have brought a new element of fun
into these Oz stories, and I am glad I discovered them. Yet I am
anxious to have you write and tell me how you like them.

Since this book was written I have received some very remarkable News
from The Land of Oz, which has greatly astonished me. I believe it
will astonish you, too, my dears, when you hear it. But it is such a
long and exciting story that it must be saved for another book–and
perhaps that book will be the last story that will ever be told about
the Land of Oz.

L. FRANK BAUM

Coronado, 1909.

 

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