The Royal Book of Oz

In which the Scarecrow goes to search for his family tree and discovers that he is the Long Lost Emperor of the Silver Island

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Author: L. Frank Baum
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,374 / 134 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.9
LoC Category: PZ
Series: Wizard of Oz
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 4,641
Added to site: 2009.11.24
mnybks.net#: 25881
Origin: gutenberg.org

A somewhat troubling installment in the Oz canon, as it acknowledges that an Oz character can die.

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owardly Lion has kingly parents and a palm tree! But I must keep thinking. My brains have never failed me yet. Who was I? Who were I? Who were I?"

Often he thought so hard that he forgot to look where he was going and ran headlong into fences, stumbled down gutters, and over stiles. But fortunately, the dear fellow could not hurt himself, and he would struggle up, pat his straw into shape, and walk straightway into something else. He made good time in between falls, however, and was soon well on his way down the yellow brick road that ran through the Munchkin Country. For he had determined to return to the Munchkin farm where Dorothy had first discovered him and try to find some traces of his family.

Now being stuffed with straw had many advantages, for requiring neither food nor sleep the Scarecrow could travel night and day without interruption. The stars winked out one by one, and by the time the cocks of the Munchkin farmers began to crow, he had come to the banks of a broad blue river!

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