Australian Council on Children and the Media

The Wizard of Oz

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What’s it about?

Dorothy is a young girl who lives with her Aunt and Uncle on a farm in Kansas. One day a tornado hits their farm and Dorothy and her dog Toto are swept away to the magical land of Oz. In Oz she meets Glinda, a good witch, who tells Dorothy that she must travel to the Emerald City to find the Wizard of Oz and he will help her get home. Along the way Dorothy meets a scarecrow who does not have a brain, a tin man who does not have a heart and a lion who does not have any courage. Together they must find the Wizard so he can help them with their problems.

What to look out for

  • The Wicked Witch of the West is green and scary, and she tries to kill Dorothy and her friends.
  • Dorothy’s house is caught up in the tornado and it flies up into the sky. Dorothy is very scared and she screams.
  • The Wizard of Oz might be scary at first. His face is shown on the wall surrounded by flames and he has a loud booming voice.

Moral of the Story

The messages of this story are to face your fears and to learn that everyone is brave, smart and kind in their own way.

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