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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter 19 Reading Tips

Chapter 19 Reading Tips

Dorothy and her friends leave the Emerald City again, and meet some trees that are REALLY alive!

Welcome back, everyone, to our reading of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! In Chapter 18, Dorothy and her friends put their heads together and decided to depart for the south to seek more help on how to get Dorothy home. In this chapter, they’ll start on their journey, and meet some very mobile trees!

Tip #1 - for Grown Ups!

In this chapter of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the exciting, adventurous portion comes when the travelers meet the “attacking trees” - trees that swoop down their branches and try to prevent them from entering the forest. Before this, however, they share a sentimental moment over their time together with Oz in the Emerald City.

For this chapter, talk with your children about chapters in life. This certainly feels like a shift for Dorothy - Baum describes Dorothy’s mixed feelings about theWizard. He tried his best to fulfill his promise, but in the end, didn’t keep it, and she is now moving on to what could be her last hope. What, for your child, has felt like the closing and opening of new chapters in their life? It could be the start of school and end of summer, or something else. Share with them some of the closing and opening of different chapters in your life, and how it made you feel!

Here’s the vocab for this chapter!

  • Steeple

A tall tower on a building

  • Spire

A tall shape at the top of a tower, usually shaped like a cone or a pyramid

  • Twine

To spiral around something

Tip #2 - for Kids!

Welcome back, friends! In this chapter, Dorothy and her friends are attacked by trees! That’s pretty scary, right? But by now, they’re great at problem-solving and using their strengths to pass safely through Oz. Plus, they realized the trees were only trying to protect the forest!

For this chapter, your activity is to find some paper and markers, colored pencils, or crayons and make a drawing of how else trees could come to life! Use your imagination! Dorothy thinks these trees are policemen, but what will your magical tree be? Can they move, or do other actions? Will you put costumes on them? We would love to see your drawings! You can tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Tip #3 - for Everyone!

Now that you have your magical tree drawings finished, talk with your child about how you think your tree became magical. Did it decide to fix a problem where it lives, like in our story? What are the chapters in the tree’s life? You can be as imaginative and creative as you want! It’s also a good opportunity to talk about transitions in your life, too!



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