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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter 11 Reading Tips

Chapter 11 Reading Tips

Dorothy and her friends meet the Wizard - but it’s not what they expect!

Welcome back to Story Time with Port Discovery! In Chapter 10 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion at last arrived at the Emerald City. In this chapter, they meet the Wizard of Oz, and he asks each of them for a very difficult task in order to receive their desire in return.

Tip #1 - for Grown Ups!

After much anticipation, Dorothy finally sees the Wizard of Oz, but he doesn’t agree to send her back to Kansas right away. Instead, he requests that she kill the Wicked Witch of the West first, and when she has done this, she may return. He says the same thing to the rest of her companions.

This is, of course, a difficult thing to talk about with your children. So for this chapter, start by talking about it in a slightly easier topic. Dorothy has been asked to do something that is completely unfair, and it makes her scared. What are some other things that scare your child? Let’s say it’s a monster under the bed. If you told your child you saw it one night but left him or her to deal with it themselves, that would be unfair and scary, wouldn’t it? Then ask, what do you think the Wizard of Oz should have done instead?

Here’s the vocab for the chapter!

  • Prosperous


  • Counterpane

A bedspread

  • Throne

A royal chair where a king or queen sits

  • Brocade

A beautiful fabric, usually with gold or silver thread for decoration

  • Meek

Quiet, gentle, submissive

  • Grindstone

A thick stone used for sharpening tools and weapons

Tip #2 - for Kids!

The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz appears differently to everyone, and each character is a little confused with how he appears to them.

For this chapter, draw yourself if you were a wizard receiving an audience! Would you stay the same, or take another shape? If you took another shape, what would you look like? Would you try to be as silly as you can to make people laugh? Or would you be something random to make people confused?

Tip #3 - for Everyone!

Now that your child has drawn themselves as a wizard, ask them what they would do if Dorothy came asking to be sent back to Kansas. First, would you send her on a different quest? Or, would you send her home immediately?  How would you do it?


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