A powerful tornado rips through the Kansas prairie catching Dorothy inside her home. Trapped inside the vortex, the home floats for hours. When the house finally lands on the ground again, it kills a wicked witch. Dorothy finds herself in new surroundings and is welcomed by the local inhabitants, the Munchkins, who tell her she is in Oz, surrounded by a great desert that cannot be crossed. Dorothy's only hope of escape is to see the great Wizard of Oz. On her journey to meet the Wizard, she is joined by some unusual friends who also want favors from the Wizard. But the Wizard will not help Dorothy and her friends unless they do something for him: they must kill the Wicked Witch of the West! Read Campfire's adaptation to know more about Dorothy's adventures in this delightful tale that has fascinated children for years.
Lyman Frank Baum was born in New York on May 15, 1856. By the time he had turned 25 years old, Baum had developed an interest in the theatrical arts. In New York City, he managed an opera house, wrote plays and would also act in his own play The Maid of Arran. After leaving theatre, Baum entered into a private business which failed, resumed editing on a newspaper called The Saturday Pioneer. In 1900 Baum published his most famous work, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. At the time of his death in 1919, Baum had written no less than thirteen sequels to his first Oz book, and several other children's books under various pseudonyms.