I have just finished reading my daughter the book the "Wizard of Oz". I have seen bit of the movie (by the way release in 1939, but only became popular through TV in the 1950s), and have never read the book.
I must tell you this is a great read, something worth reading your kids, my daughter is 5 going on 6, and I feel she has afforded me a gr8 opportunity in having read the novel I would probably have never read.
The story itself is extremely creative, considering that it was written in the late 18 hundreds (it was released in 1900) and was mainly targeted a kids, it sold 90,000 copies and was band since it was considered unfit reading for kids.
If something like this novel had been written in the 60's I am sure drugs would have been blamed, since in almost every chapter there is some creative character. Besides the main Scarecrow, Tin woodman and cowardly lion, there are queen mice, red, green, yellow and blue people. Cities made out of bone china, rock people, winged monkeys, armless stone people, fierce monsters and many more. Besides the Lord of the rings I cannot remember a more creative book awesome, read it to you kid, or find one to read it too, it is a real treat (unfortunately the original author get nada since the 50 year copyright is up).
Just as an after thought the lyrics form some where over the rainbow (from the film, and it won an Oscar) are:
Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high.
There's a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue.
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.
Someday I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Away above the chimney tops.
That's where you'll find me.
Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then - oh, why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow,
Why, oh, why can't I?