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The Wonderful Wizard of OZ has fascinated children and adults for
over a century. But how many have actually read the book that led
to the iconic film version featuring Judy Garland? And even more
importantly, is the film a reasonable representation of L. Frank Baum’s
book? Ronald K. Ford, an author and poet, loved the book as a child
and decided to take a closer look at the “original” tale of Oz, and
carefully compared the film with the book. He noted the adaptations
and omissions that were needed to create the film. As another of his
intense interests is poetry, he decided to write OZtory in Verse, and
he related his poem as closely as possible to the original story in
poetical form. Children and adults alike will enjoy this fresh telling of
The Wonderful Wizard of OZ.
“Ron Ford is a wonderful story teller. What a treat he’s given us here,
a retelling of a story so close to his heart in such fresh and lively verse.
Hop on board! It’s a marvelous ride for children and adults alike.”
—Ted Peterson—retired teacher & poet
“I thoroughly enjoyed Ron Ford’s poem and loved the original story in
poetry! I was transported to Oz and imagined each character as they
tried to obtain the qualities they already had. It was beautiful.”
—Jessica Lee—school teacher & poet