We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Peer pressure can be a good thing. My 5 year-old niece saw an elementary school production of the Wizard of Oz last year and has been obsessed ever since. Her birthday party theme and Halloween costume are all about Oz and Dorothy. Now my two children love Dorothy, Toto, the silly scarecrow, the cowardly lion and the dancing tin man too.
I was afraid of the movie as a child, especially those flying monkeys, but there are many other wonderful ways to introduce young kids to this delightful story of working together, overcoming your fears and sacrificing for your friends. We’ve been to a wonderful marionette version of the story and now we just read “Wizard of Oz Scanimation: 10 Classic Scenes from Over the Rainbow” by Rufus Butler Seder.
The scenes include:
• Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto dancing down the Yellow Brick Road
• Dorothy’s farmhouse flying upward in a twister
• Miss Gulch, on her bicycle in the tornado, transforming into a witch on a broomstick
• The Lollipop Kids strutting from side to side
• The Scarecrow doing a wacky dance
• The Tin Man swaying from side to side; Dorothy and the Scarecrow flanking him as if to catch him
• The Wicked Witch of the West waving on a sky full of flying monkeys
• The Wicked Witch of the West melting
• The Great and Powerful Oz—and the man behind the curtain frantically pulling levers
• A close-up of Dorothy clicking her ruby slippers
This 11-page, hardback book priced at $14.95 (available at www.amazon.com, published by Workman Publishing) would make a great gift for Wizard fans of all ages. Scanimations are great illustrations that use a unique approach make the movie scenes come alive before your very eyes. The author/artist Rufus Butler Seder is the inventor of Lifetiles, glass-tiled murals that appear to come to life when the viewer walks by; he’s installed them at the Smithsonian, Sea World, Union Station, and other museums, aquariums, train stations and ocean liners around the world.
That’s IT Mommy, Jill
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