Read! The Wicked Witch of the West

October 23, 2015

Read! The Wicked Witch of the West

Enjoy this free storybook download of an adaptation from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum. Be transported to a world of scarecrows, lions and menacing witches...

Dorothy lives in a farmhouse in Kansas, which is one day whisked into the air by a tornado – with her and her little dog Toto inside. It drops down into the Land of Oz, where Dorothy meets the Good Witch of the North, who gives her some silver shoes and tells her that to return home, she must go to the Emerald City and ask the Wizard of Oz for help. Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road, befriending the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. They go with her, as the Scarecrow wants to ask the Wizard for a brain, the Tin Woodman for a heart, and the Cowardly Lion for some courage. When they finally reach the Wizard, he agrees to help them – but only if they can kill the Wicked Witch of the West, who rules over the Winkie Country…

The soldier with the green whiskers led them to the gate out of the Emerald City.
“Which road leads to the Wicked Witch of the West?” asked Dorothy.
There is no road,” answered the Guardian of the Gates. “No one ever wishes to go that way.”
“How, then, are we to find her?” enquired the girl.
“That will be easy,” replied the Guardian of the Gates, “walk to the West, and when she knows you are in the country of the Winkies, she will find you and make you all her slaves.”
“Perhaps not,” said the Scarecrow, “for we mean to destroy her.”
So they turned toward the West, walking over fields of soft grass dotted here and there with daisies and buttercups. The Emerald City was soon left far behind. And as they advanced the ground became rougher and hillier, for there were no farms nor houses in this country of the West, and the ground was untilled. In the afternoon the sun shone hot in their faces, for there were no trees to offer them shade; so that before night Dorothy and Toto and the Lion were tired, and lay down upon the grass and fell asleep, with the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow keeping watch.

Now the Wicked Witch of the West had but one eye, yet that was as powerful as a telescope, and could see everywhere. So, as she sat in the door of her castle, she happened to look around and saw Dorothy lying asleep, with her friends all about her. They were a long distance off, but the Wicked Witch was angry to find them in her country; so she blew upon a silver whistle that hung around her neck. At once there came running to her from all directions a pack of great wolves. They had long legs and fierce eyes and sharp teeth.

To read the full extract, download this free storybook The Wicked Witch of the West by Frank L Baum.

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