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The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels | L. Frank Baum
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Oz, the Great Wizard! The very name of L. Frank Baum's magical character conjures a world where diminutive munchkins live and work, wicked witches run riot, and the mighty Oz himself rules over an Emerald City reached by a yellow brick road. The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels is your passport to this marvelous realm and wonders that have enchanted readers young and old for more than a century. Lavishly illustrated by W. W. Denslow and John R. Neill, this volume includes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz and The Road to Oz.
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👠 🐶 🧙🏻🌼 🏡 🌪 🦁 ❤️

emmalouise1 What a gorgeous cover 😍 3mo
Eggs Beautiful edition 💖💖 3mo
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(Pardon the language) But, yes, it doesn‘t get much better than that.

Bookwormjillk 😂😂😂 10mo
HOTPock3tt 🤣 10mo
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My very favorite. 🤣🌪

Bookzombie 🤣🤣🤣 12mo
rabbitprincess I love these! They are so delightful 😂😂 12mo
Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣 that‘s great! 12mo
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BrieT2016 😂🤣😂😩😆 12mo
Prairiegirl_reading Love it!! 🤣🤣🤣 12mo
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏😂 12mo
UwannaPublishme 🤣🤣🤣 12mo
LeahBergen 😂😂 12mo
Cathythoughts Very good 🤣 12mo
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#JumpStart2021 #BookThatStartedYourReadingObsession I was absolutely obsessed with this series when I was 7yrs old! I read & reread every book my local library had. It seemed at times I was bringing them back just to reborrow them. My favourites were Ozma Of Oz & TikTok Of Oz. The world was so vivid in my mind, I could see the queen that had a different head for every day & the Wheelers just terrified me. Highly recommend for kids of all ages🙌

EdnaC I always loved Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz. It was a later one. Not wrote by Baum but I loved it. 12mo
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A book in my TBR pile....I have obviously seen the movie many times through my childhood. This was a fun thing I discovered today. Give it a try!

Chrissyreadit Yes! Thank ou that was fun! 14mo
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Team PreK is at it again. Doing Team costumes has become one of my favorite things.

LiteraryinLawrence These are EPIC!! Wow. 1y
rubyslippersreads The Wicked Witch of the East (with the house that flattened her) is my favorite. 😄 1y
jackilynn @LiteraryinLititz thanks. It is getting harder & harder each year to top ourselves but we keep trying. Already trying to plan for next year lol 1y
jackilynn @rubyslippersreads this may have been one of my favorites that we have ever done. That house was not the easiest thing to walk around in though 😬🤷‍♀️😂 1y
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Working on my #booklog #journal for 2021....my drawing needs to be perfect since I graduated in art....however I am out of practice. #litsylove

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So I‘m in a play that a friend of mine wrote; it‘s called Oz.Org and will be part of the upcoming Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Oz.org is the a new retelling of The Wizard of Oz but with a digital age spin! This is my set-up: my laptop, a ring light, and some green paper! It looks simple, but creating theatre over Zoom is NOT easy. 🎭🌈🌺🐕‍🦺👠💻

I‘ll post a link later this week in case anyone wants to check it out!

MidnightBookGirl I definitely want to check it out!!
inthegreensandblues I'm intrigued! 1y
wanderinglynn Very cool! Thanks for sharing—I look forward to checking it out 👍🏻 1y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m interested! ❤️ 1y
Bianca Sounds awesome! 1y
Soubhiville Fun! 1y
Librarianaut Sounds very interesting! I would love to know more when you post it! 1y
merelybookish That's awesome 1y
Librarianaut Thank you! It looks like an awesome experience! 1y
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The copy of this book I own is falling apart, sadly, so I had to finish reading it on ebook, but I got this far physically! #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks I've never read any of the Oz books! Did you enjoy it? 1y
wideeyedreader @TheAromaofBooks I did! I thought it was cute and fun, perfect for kids! 1y
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Day 2 of #20Series20Days just part of my vintage Oz collection. 😊🌈 #Top20Series

Andrew65 Another classic series. 1y
Ruthiella Wow! I am impressed. Those are some beautiful books.❤️ 1y
MsMelissa I had no idea there were so many Oz books. 1y
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Leftcoastzen Impressive collection! 1y
TrishB Lovely collection ❤️ 1y
CarolynM Gorgeous😍 1y
batsy So pretty 💕 1y
EadieB Nice collection! 1y
LeahBergen So beautiful!! 😍😍 1y
rubyslippersreads @Book_Fiend_Melissa L. Frank Baum wrote the original 14 books, and other authors took over after his death. 1y
staci.reads Oh, wow! Did you get them as a set or have you had to hunt them each down? They're gorgeous! 1y
Nute Gorgeous collection! 1y
rubyslippersreads @Andrew65 @Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen @TrishB @CarolynM @batsy @EadieB @LeahBergen @staci.reads @nute As the Cowardly Lion would say, “Schucks folks, I‘m speechless.” 🦁 1y
rubyslippersreads @staci.reads I hunted them down, which was lots of fun. 😊 1y
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In the author‘s note to my edition, Baum insists that his children‘s story is unlike those of Andersen and Grimm, free of “heartaches and nightmares.” This comment amused me as getting picked up by a cyclone wouldn‘t be full of “wonderment” for me. Also reminded me of the many Ozs I‘ve met in my life, a good reminder in itself of the value of independence and independent thinking.

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“I‘ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too! 🧙‍♀️

I think she qualifies as a #nefarious character!! 🖤🖤

I love this one!! 🎥


Pageturner1 i liked the movie better. i couldn‘t get past the story of how the tin man was made. 😖 poor guy. 2y
OriginalCyn620 💚💚💚 2y
rubyslippersreads 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👠🌈 2y
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1. I live in CO but grew up in NJ.
2. Our daughter is visiting with her roommate‘s dog, LOU....a joy to have around. ❤️

I shall tag anyone new who would like to play.
#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

AlaMich You should post a pic of your #loanerdog! 🐶 2y
AmyG @AlaMich Ha! I will do that! She‘s pretty cute. 2y
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Day 1 #ifyoulikethis Roger S. Baum is the great grandson of L. Frank Baum and is continuing the Wizard of Oz series. I have meet him twice at book signs and he is very nice and gracious. The book on the left is a story about Dorothy getting lost in the woods. And the book on the right explains how the lion got to Oz. @Klou

Klou Oh wow! I didn't know this!! Thanks for taking part!!! 2y
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When Dorothy‘s life is grey and gloomy her life goes colourful and bright. With the help of a fairy Queen and a yellow brick road.

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The book store I work at is opening up to shoppers today (with restrictions and precautions in place) - a lovely and talented friend made these masks for me which I will be wearing to help keep myself and others safe.

MsMelissa Cute! I bought some handmade masks from Etsy. 2y
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Saw this online. Different way of looking at Dorothy‘s time in Oz! 🤣🤣🤣

Megabooks 😂😂😂 2y
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I‘ve been slowly buying the Books of Wonder hardcover editions of this series for my mother for a few years now.

And now she‘s giving me the paperback editions she collected. ❤️💚❤️💚

Addison_Reads 💚 That's awesome! 2y
MandaMT We had these editions too! Such memories! 2y
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I did some #audio baking today!
When I went out to the store today, there was only two loaves of bread in the entire place. So instead of taking bread another person may have needed, I decided to make my own. I live in a small town, and as soon as shelves are stocked, people hoard the food. I hope my small gesture helped someone in need.

MeganAnn How lovely! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
BrittanyReads So kind 💕 2y
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tracey38 💜 that was sweet and your bread looks amazing. 2y
JamieArc Where I‘m at, everyone started baking bread so there was little flour or yeast to be found! 2y
TheQuietQuill @JamieArc yup same thing where I‘m at! Luckily I had lots of yeast and flour on hand since I always stock up on that...even pre-coronavirus era haha 2y
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Giving this a try today! I want to be transported to a magical world right now, so I am trying this on #audiobook. So far, it‘s keeping my interest!

ozma.of.oz I love this whole series! If you really enjoy it, there are thirteen more books! 💚💚 2y
TheQuietQuill So far I‘m loving it! I‘ll have to check the rest out! @ozma.of.oz 2y
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Good. I listened to the audiobook version of this which was narrated by Anne Hathaway and it was brought to life by this wonderful actress, as she did all the voices of the characters which made it all the more wonderful. Enjoyed seeing the differences between the much loved film and the book which as usual is many but it is always good to get back to the original material.


Suet624 I should check this out! 2y
Birdsong28 @Suet624 It might be free to stream at the moment as I know #Audible is doing that at the moment for some children's titles 📚📖 2y
Suet624 Thanks! 2y
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Centique 😂😂😂 2y
Klou Lmao 2y
rubyslippersreads 😂😂😂🌪🌈👠 2y
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WTF? Guess I shouldn‘t be surprised by things anymore.

Butterfinger It makes one wonder who is the targeted audience. 2y
tjwill 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker I just listened to a discussion about this on OPB radio. I don‘t understand why they thought this was a good idea. They should have just spotlighted African American authors. 2y
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Leftcoastzen @That-Bookish-Hiker Indeed. 2y
TheBookHippie 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️😩 2y
Branwen Omg. How is this real life?! 😱 😵 2y
saresmoore Oh geez. 2y
AlaMich Yeah, this was just bizarre. 2y
Tamra What?? 2y
Weaponxgirl I saw it described as literary black face. Such a dumb idea 2y
Liz_M @Butterfinger Good question! 2y
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I was fortunate enough to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet‘s INCREDIBLE rendition of Wizard of Oz. Wowsa! I don‘t know where to start! I think the flying monkeys were my fav. Write up and more awesome photos (including the ones here):


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An all time favorite 😊

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#favoritebooktomovieadaptation You really have to ask? 😄 I guess it‘s only #humannature to long for home. And some of the magic in Oz seems a bit like #weirdscience #movember #gratefulreads #namastenovember #multitasking 🌪🌈👠

OriginalCyn620 Nice! 👌🏻 2y
LibrarianRyan Nope. Didn't have to ask. 😁 We have signed first editions in our Illinois Authors collection. 2y
Cinfhen #TriplePlay 🙌🏻💜 2y
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Eggs Great triple👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I‘m an Oz fan from the get go! All my life I wanted to see those ruby slippers and finally I did at the age of 60 at the Smithsonian👠👠 2y
rubyslippersreads @Eggs I‘ve seen them in person twice; both times I cried. @BookieMary also took me to see Dorothy‘s dress when it was on display for auction. (No, I didn‘t buy it. 😊) 2y
rubyslippersreads @LibrarianRyan That‘s something I‘ve never seen, though I have seen an unsigned first. 😊🌈 2y
LibrarianRyan @rubyslippersreads They were given to our library years ago. I don't think the entire series is signed but many are. I would grab pictures, but they are locked on display and I don't have keys. 2y
rubyslippersreads @LibrarianRyan Thanks for the thought, though. 😊🌈👠 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I couldn‘t have guessed!!! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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Saw this on my feeds today and thought it was a great story to share. They are building an actual yellow brick road in Humboldt Park where Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz. #yellowbrickroad #wizardofoz #theresnoplacelikehome


Birdsong28 @rubyslippersreads ❤️📚📖 2y
Tanisha_A How cool! 2y
rubyslippersreads @Birdsong28 What a wonderful idea! ❤️🌈👠 (edited) 2y
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It recently occurred to me that I had never read this book. (I know.) So, I rectified that! It was a fun listen, though I‘m a little surprised at the amount of violence and talk of killing others in a children‘s book. I‘m not sure how this would be received in a new book nowadays.

vivastory I only read it this year, too. I've heard the series gets stranger & stranger 2y
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Huh. That almost makes me want to continue. It‘s funny with the violence thing—older Disney movies are way more violent. I think we tolerated a lot more targeted at kids in the past than we do now. 2y
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I haven‘t read the tagged book, but I was scared a little of this movie when I was a kid & still don‘t like it. My sister loves it. I wasn‘t a fan of the flying monkeys or the Wicked Witch. The Scarecrow is sweet and the only one that came to mind for this prompt. I do love Wicked though. #scarathlon #chillingphotochallenge @Clwojick #teamslaughter

Daisey I never liked this movie either, and I keep telling myself I should probably watch it again now to see what I think. 2y
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BeansPage 😂😂 🧟‍♀️ 2y
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#covercrush #7covers7days Day 7

@TrishB Do you want to play?

TrishB Thank you 😘 I got to day 3 and forgot to finish....I should just do them all in one go! (edited) 2y
Birdsong28 @TrishB I wasn't sure if you had been tagged already sorry 😘📚📖 2y
TrishB No worries ❤️ I want to finish just can‘t seem to get going! 2y
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Day three - #7days7covers #covercrush

@AC4ever17 would you like to play?

Post a cover you love each day for seven days
No explanation needed. Tag someone new each day.

Cover art by painter and illustrator Rachell Sumpter.

AC4ever17 Yes I will play. Thanks for tagging me 2y
DrexEdit @AC4ever17 yay! Looking forward to your covers!😊 2y
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This is my cover pick for the day. I'm posting this blurb first tho, so the posts appear in the right chronological order in your feed!

This is the explanation. This is The Wizard of Oz from the Penguin Threads editions.
The designs are hand stitched. The top photo shows the outside cover and flaps. The bottom photo shows the inside cover which shows the reverse side of the embroidered piece.


DrexEdit Whoops! I forgot to tag @tpixie! 2y
sudi Looks lovely 💖 2y
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It‘s getting there I posted in June the book finished now the statues are starting to arrive!!!


litenthusiast That looks amazing! 💚 2y
TheBookHippie @litenthusiast it‘s quite cool! 2y
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West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh Pa celebrates 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. Adorable! I think the book we are sharing #LMPBC is perfect! Check out the story online
@megnews @Kdgordon88 @robinb

megnews It is perfect timing for this book. The book is great by the way. I‘m a third of the way through and it‘s not even September! 2y
brit91 Oh my gosh sooooo cute!😍❤💙💚💛🧡💜 2y
Kdgordon88 That is awesome! 2y
robinb Love this! ❤️ 2y
Crazeedi @megnews 😍👍 2y
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JacqMac Weeeee..... 2y
Kdgordon88 Love it! 2y
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ this! 👠🌪🌈 2y
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#Audible UK Daily deal. #Purchased

Only really got this due to the narrator as I know this story back to front.

@Cathythoughts @Ms_T @Andrew65

Andrew65 Thanks for the tag. 👍 Think a story we all know back to front. 2y
Ms_T This was my favourite Christmas film as a child 😃 2y
Cathythoughts What a great oldie ♥️ 2y
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Children‘s Book Week in Australia. Aww, Litsy cut off my striped socks. #wickedwitchoftheeast


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Hubby and I were trying to explain this to our kids tonight. They seriously have no concept of it at all. I told them how my mom would mark on the calendar the day every year that The Wizard of Oz would come on and we'd mark off the days. Then we had to sit down at that time and watch it WITH commercials! They thought we were kidding at first. I was 11 yrs old before we got our first VCR 🤪

JulietReads 😂 2y
CarolynM Yes, it's hard to believe now isn't it? I remember the anguish of going on holiday and having to miss my favourite shows! 2y
Megabooks I remember! 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage How did we survive? 2y
rather_be_reading 🤣🤣 2y
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 2y
Louise My mom and I we‘re talking about this recently and also that we‘d wait for the Friday Night Movie and just hope it was a good one. Just about the whole country watched certain prime time shows because there was less choice back then. Remember the summer when the whole country was asking, “Who shot J.R.?” 😂 (edited) 2y
MamaGina Those were the days!🎶It amazes me that I grew up in a rural area where rabbit ears got us 2 channels and now I have access to thousands of options on a device I hold in my hand! 🤓 2y
toofondofbooks @Louise I certainly do! We watched Dallas and Dynasty religiously lol 2y
toofondofbooks @MamaGina me too! We got ABC, CBS, PBS and every now and then on a clear day NBC would tune in a little bit lol. But we only had one TV and watched whatever my parents watched if they'd let us and a lot of times I think that was just so they could use us as the remote 🤣 My kids have no idea lol 2y
toofondofbooks @CarolynM or heaven forbid the power went out or *gasp* the President have an address 😆 2y
Louise Remember having to nominate someone to stand and hold the antenna just right to get a clear picture? And if they dared to let go, it would go fuzzy again! 😂 (edited) 2y
toofondofbooks @Louise I sure do! 2y
rubyslippersreads I think in some ways it made The Wizard of Oz more special when you knew you had to wait a whole year to see it again. 😊👠🌈 2y
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For the #Hr30challenge in the #24in48 #readathon My entry is a mix of MG books I adored as a child(The Oz series, Toms Midnight Garden, Enid Blyton,The Poky Little Puppy), new MG like The Tea Dragon Society & the Disney set that I collected from my local paper & in the lower left corner, Bookworm, a memoir about childhood reading that got me right in the feels. And my beautiful granddaughter in the middle, who‘s already a reader like her nanna!♥️

Tera0707 My mom used to read The Poky Little Puppy to me all the time! I love that book ☺️ 3y
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I‘ve now read 2 twists on this story (Wicked series and Dorothy Must Die series) so I think it might be time to read the original. Also book 3 in the Dorothy series isn‘t available at the moment so I have to wait for my hold.

pppooraikul I‘ve just finished the Wicked Years series and I‘ve been eyeing Dorothy Must Die for a while now. I love Wicked Years. So, would you suggest I read Dorothy Must Die? 🤔 3y
OrangeMooseReads @pppooraikul I liked the first book, didn‘t care for the second, and haven‘t read the 3rd yet but yeah I would. It‘s a different twist on the story. 3y
pppooraikul @OrangeMooseReads Okay. Thank you! 😁 3y
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It got dark and creepy fast on my run/ walk today, felt like I might be swept to Oz.

rubyslippersreads 🌪🌈😄 3y
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A #display at my local library. I submitted The Bell Jar book

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Just planted in my town the rest is coming over the summer. 💚Please join us in supporting an enchanting outdoor exhibit located on the grounds of Herrick District Library and Centennial Park. Bronze sculptures, a living floral mosaic, the yellow-brick road, and whimsical horticulture will honor L. Frank Baum who penned the classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, while staying at his family cottage in Macatawa.

rubyslippersreads This is lovely! 😍🌈👠 3y
Clwojick 😱😱😱😱 I love it! 3y
LibrarianJen That‘s so cool! 3y
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Meant to share this yesterday but it slipped my mind. Best summary ever. 😂

tournevis Sound right to me! 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Birdsong28 @rubyslippersreads What do you think? 📚📖 3y
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GripLitGrl 😂😂😂 3y
Reggie Lol 3y
Centique Love it 😂 3y
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#WanderingJune Like Dorothy, I completely agree “there‘s no place like home” 🏡 #GreenGreenGrassofHome 😢Pictured my former abode.....do you recognize it @DivineDiana ?!?!???! 👠#ClickThoseHeels

Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 3y
LeahBergen It‘s amazing! Was it an old house (or was part of it old)? (edited) 3y
Cinfhen It was originally built in 1929( I think) but we enclosed the “garage” which was originally a stable and made it a huge kitchen. It was/is a gorgeous house in terms of craftsmanship - all the moldings and wainscoting and fireplaces etc. The new owners did a complete gut job inside and it nearly broke my heart. It‘s now a white marble palace inside!!!! It‘s horrible 😭😭😭 it looks so sterile @LeahBergen (edited) 3y
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Cathythoughts Stunning 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Crazeedi Cindy what a gorgeous home to live in, I would have died and gone to heaven!❤❤❤ 3y
BarbaraBB It‘s a dream! I remember you posting about it when I just joined Litsy. You were so sad 😢. It must be hard to have left such a place behind. Your kids grew up here? Which state is it? 😘 3y
Hooked_on_books Wow, that‘s gorgeous. 3y
Darklunarose My goodness your house is amazing! And the yard! It‘s so green! 3y
TrishB Beautiful💜 3y
julesG This is a wonderful house, on the outside. From what you describe about the inside, it's no longer as cozy. 3y
JaneyWaneyB What an amazing house 🤩 3y
KarenUK What a beautiful place! So sad it was gutted... 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Looks beautiful! And so much green. 3y
Cinfhen My daughter can‘t even drive by without crying @KarenUK @erzascarletbookgasm @JaneyWaneyB @julesG @TrishB @Darklunarose @Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @Crazeedi @Cathythoughts We all miss it so much 😭😢It was home and not just a house 😔 3y
Cinfhen It‘s in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Grace Kelley lived in the area @BarbaraBB it‘s actually a beautiful neighborhood 😍and yes, all three kids grew up there. We had a pool but the new owners filled the pool 🤷‍♀️ 3y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen you know what Cindy, when I saw this it reminded me of the houses around the Chambersburg/Carlisle area, the same type of stone, the simple construction! I knew it was PA! 3y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen and the windows. My sister and son in law live there, and I'm always in love with these homes! 3y
Cinfhen Yes @Crazeedi those old stone houses are really stately!! Thanks so much @Recommended4Reading it really was a special place💜 3y
mabell So lovely! 😍😍 3y
rohit-sawant Love this! 💚 3y
DivineDiana Looks like the Main Line. 🙂Yours was a beauty! ❤️ (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @DivineDiana I have a feeling you‘ve driven by a hundred times...it‘s right on Montgomery and Winding Way at the traffic light 🚦 3y
DivineDiana Next time, I‘ll pay attention, and think of you! 😘 3y
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The Wizard of Oz : one of my favorite books & movie since I was little ??
This is much harder than I thought cause of the bright sunlight LOL and then there‘s the "putting back all the books to where they belong" part which is the hardest! ? I guess I do have more green books than I thought, they are just scattered all over the place?
#30JuneBooks #GreenBooks

#booknerd #bibliophile #YA #Fantasy #Classics #Funko

teainthelibrary Beautiful stack! I lookive The wizard of oz and Peter Pan! 3y
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