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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter 15 Reading Tips

Chapter 15 Reading Tips


Dorothy and her friends make it back to the Emerald City and are reunited with the Wizard of Oz, but they learn a big secret!

Welcome back to Story Time with Port Discovery! We’re on Chapter 15 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In Chapter 14, Dorothy and her friends were carried back to the Emerald City by the Winged Monkeys, and in this chapter, we’re going to see what happens when they return to the Wizard!

Tip #1 - for Grown Ups!

In this chapter, Dorothy and her friends find out the Wizard’s secret - that he’s not really a Wizard after all, and has been lying to people about what he can and can’t do for years. Rightfully so, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion are very disappointed and feel that they were treated unfairly. They are unsure about what happens next.

For this chapter, talk with your kids about disappointment. In this spring season, it’s a good conversation to have openly, and it’s easier if we can relate it to characters in a story. What is Dorothy disappointed about? How do you think she feels knowing now that the Wizard isn’t who he says he is, and that she might not get back to Kansas? What are you disappointed about right now? What can we do to ease that disappointment you’re feeling? For example, if you were going to have a spring concert with your friends at school, can you find a way to perform in the living room for your family instead, or call a friend and sing a song that you worked on together?

Here’s the vocab for this chapter!

  • Humbug

Someone who tricks other people

  • Ventriloquist

A performer who can speak and make it seem like their voice is coming from something or someone else; usually the ventriloquist’s mouth doesn’t move much!

Tip #2 - for Kids!

Welcome back, friends! In Chapter 15, Dorothy and her friends discover Oz has a secret - and it’s not a very nice one. He’s been using silly magic tricks all along! But, we know that he’s going to try to do better tomorrow.

For this chapter, your activity is to try out some simple magic tricks of your own! Here is one to get you started, but see what other ones you can find and replicate!

Step 1: With a grown up’s help, gather these materials:

  • 2 pieces of construction paper, any color you want, as long as they are the same color!
  • A marker, pen, or pencil
  • A pair of scissors
  • A small cup or glass that kids can use (clear works best)
  • A coin
  • Some clear tape

Step 2: Place your cup down on one piece of construction paper, drinking side down. With your marker, trace the circle along the rim of the cup and cut it out.

Step 3: Tape your paper circle to the cup or glass where you just traced, on the rim, so that you can’t drink out of it.

Step 4: Practice and perform your magic trick! Place the coin on the other sheet of construction paper (the one without any cuts), either in the middle or on the side. Place the cup with covering on the other side of the paper. Announce that you are going to make the coin disappear. Slide your cup across the paper. When you get to the coin, lift the cup up just a teensy bit so that the paper covers the coin! Make it reappear by moving the cup away again. Amaze everyone in your audience!

Tip: It’s easier to perform your trick with your construction paper taped down, or in a tray so that it won’t move around as you perform!

Tip #3 - for Everyone!

Now that your kids have practiced their magic trick, and maybe found a few more to do, talk about things that may be disappointing, like missing out on live events or going to the movies, seeing friends, and performing in end of school year concerts, talent shows, and more. Suggest to your children that you practice your magic trick (or tricks!) and perform your show over a video call with a family member or a friend! This will give kids an opportunity to show off a new skill, feel validated from their virtual audience, and it will let whoever is on the other side have a break, too!


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