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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter 21 Reading Tips

Chapter 21 Reading Tips

The Cowardly Lion truly becomes the King of the Beasts!

Welcome back to Story Time with Port Discovery! We’re now reading Chapter 21 of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! In Chapter 20, Dorothy and her friends continued their journey south, and had to carefully cross a country made of china. In this chapter, the Cowardly Lion will finally get his chance to show off his newfound courage!

Tip #1 - for Grown Ups!

In this chapter, Dorothy and her friends are back to their old familiar - traveling through the woods. The Cowardly Lion immediately finds himself at home, and steps in to help the animals of the forests defeat a monster disrupting their peace. For the Cowardly Lion, it’s a chance for him to demonstrate his courage he believes he got from Oz.

For this chapter, talk with your kids about how the Lion has changed. Did he really gain courage from Oz? Compare this chapter with the story about the Cowardly Lion and the Kalidahs. If the Lion had met these animals a few chapters ago, what do you think he would have done? Is there a difference here between courage and confidence?

Here’s the vocab for this chapter!

  • Assemblage

A gathering of people

  • Yonder

An old word referring to a place or thing far away, but still in sight

Tip #2 - for Kids!

Welcome back, friends! In this chapter, the Cowardly Lion has another big adventure: he helps other animals in the forest by defeating a big monster! He thinks he is finally getting to show off how courageous he is - but we know he was courageous before!

For this chapter’s activity, imagine yourself as a superhero! Grab some paper and art supplies and draw yourself helping people. What powers do you have? How are you going to help others?

Tip #3 - for Everyone!

We’ve talked about superheroes before! Now that we have another drawing, talk with your child about what powers your child the superhero has. Relate it to things we can talk about that we already are capable of. For example - maybe your child’s hero has the power to fly and decides to help others by delivering clothes and food. Well, we can do that too, right? Maybe your child’s superhero helps others by putting up a protective shield for someone being bullied. We can still stand up to bullies, can’t we? This can lead to a great conversation about building confidence in our strengths!


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