Today Google reminded everyone that it is the 71st anniversary of the classic 1939 movie the Wizard of Oz. I have fond memories of seeing the movie but also of reading the book by L. Frank Baum. We have a few different offerings of this classic audio book.
Some may be surprised to know that there were other books though that were based on his original Wizard of Oz. There are said to be thirteen sequels to the Wizard of Oz. To list a few there are The Land of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz and The Patchwork Girl of Oz.
Some of the characters are the same like the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman but the central character is sometimes a boy named Tip versus Dorothy.
Last year I made a conscious effort to show the movie to my 2 young children and it is amazing how timeless this classic is. They were as amazed and delighted even with the less than advanced special effects available back in 1939.
I was surprised to find in researching this post that there actually was a full cast sequel to the movie version with Judy Garland that was supposedly scrapped because of her rising popularity. The World of Oz definitely lends itself to performance and audio makes for a great medium for that. The pictured version above is a full cast dramatization of the original story.
I definitely plan on downloading the audio book sequels for my kids who will be thrilled to know there were more sequels to the Wizard of Oz.
Here is a link to all the Wizard of Oz audio books in our CreateTimeAudio collection.
I also thought you might enjoy the original Wizard of Oz movie preview: