Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wizard of Oz, Part II
By far the most popular entry I've done before has been the one on the symbolism of the Wizard of Oz. Well, yesterday NPR ran a story on it as well. Here is the synopsis (and a quite good one) of the historical story behind Oz, here is an even shorter version and here is an interview with the author. This really is a great way for the kids to retain information on the gold (yellow brick road), silver standard (her shoes were silver, not ruby), the tin man (industrialists who had no heart), scarecrow (farmers who grew one crop and ruined their soil), cowardly lion (William Jennings Bryan) and more.

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