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Her Royal Highness
Cynthia II
of Syracuse
and to each and every one
of the children whose loyal
appreciation has encouraged
me to write the oz books
this volume is affectionately

Author's NoteEdit

Perhaps I should admit on the title page that this book is "By L. Frank Baum and his correspondents," for I have used many suggestions conveyed to me in letters from children. Once on a time I really imagined myself "an author of fairy tales," but now I am merely an editor or private secretary for a host of youngsters whose ideas I am requestsed to weave into the thread of my stories.

These ideas are often clever. They are also logical and interesting. So I have used them whenever I could find an opportunity, and it is but just that I acknowledge my indebtedness to my little friends.

My, what imaginations these children have developed! Sometimes I am fairly astounded by their daring and genius. There will be no lack of fairy-tale authors in the future, I am sure. My readers have told me what to do with Dorothy, and Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and I have obeyed their mandates. They have also given me a variety of subjects to write about in the future: enough, in fact, to keep me busy for some time. I am very proud of this alliance. Children love these stories because children have helped to create them. My readers know what they want and realize that I try to please them. The result is very satisfactory to the publishers, to me, and (I am quite sure) to the children.

I hope, my dears, it will be a long time before we are obliged to dissolve partnership.


Coronado, 1910



  1. How the Nome King Became Angry
  2. How Uncle Henry Got Into Trouble
  3. How Ozma Granted Dorothy's Request
  4. How The Nome King Planned Revenge
  5. How Dorothy Became a Princess
  6. How Guph Visited the Whimsies
  7. How Aunt Em Conquered the Lion
  8. How the Grand Gallipoot Joined The Nomes
  9. How the Wogglebug Taught Athletics
  10. How the Cuttenclips Lived
  11. How the General Met the First and Foremost
  12. How they Matched the Fuddles
  13. How the General Talked to the King
  14. How the Wizard Practiced Sorcery
  15. How Dorothy Happened to Get Lost
  16. How Dorothy Visited Utensia
  17. How They Came to Bunbury
  18. How Ozma Looked into the Magic Picture
  19. How Bunnybury Welcomed the Strangers
  20. How Dorothy Lunched With a King
  21. How the King Changed His Mind
  22. How the Wizard Found Dorothy
  23. How They Encountered the Flutterbudgets
  24. How the Tin Woodman Told the Sad News
  25. How the Scarecrow Displayed His Wisdom
  26. How Ozma Refused to Fight for Her Kingdom
  27. How the Fierce Warriors Invaded Oz
  28. How They Drank at the Forbidden Fountain
  29. How Glinda Worked a Magic Spell
  30. How the Story of Oz Came to an End

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.

The author died in 1919, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 99 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.