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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum
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Is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz only suitable for children to read?

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic fairy tale, which inevitably means that it tends to be appreciated by younger children, who find the simple style in which fairy tales are written very easy to comprehend. While such a style might be just right for younger children, it wouldn't really present much of a challenge to high school students.

Older children will, of course, also find the book easy to read. But for many of them, especially advanced readers, they won't feel that their powers of comprehension are being developed in any way, and so they will tend to realize that they're much better off reading more challenging works of literature.

The direct addresses that Baum frequently makes to the reader—such as when he says, at the beginning of chapter 14, “You will remember”—are also more appropriate to a younger audience. Baum's interjections replicate the experience of an adult reading to their children, as in a bedtime story, for example. This is a further example of how The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is more appropriate for younger children to read.

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