The Wonderful Witch of Oz
Jason Theodor & L. Frank Baum
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What if Dorothy was a boy? Jason Theodor lovingly deconstructs the original text of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by flipping every gender role. Meet Theodore and Lolo, his little dog. Meet the Scarecrow, The Tin Woodswoman, and the Cowardly Lioness. Meet the Good Wizard of the North and the Wicket Wizard of the West. And most important of all, The Wonderful Witch of Oz! This gender-swapped American fairytale is the perfect tool to explore the cultural/gender stereotypes of yesterday and today. Read this timeless classic again in a completely new light.
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Learning Through Contrast
It is said that we cannot truly know joy unless we have felt sorrow, because it is the contrast that helps us to understand both.
The introduction to "The Wonderful Witch of Oz" posits another way of using contrast for our own enlightenment. Jason Theodor suggests that if we switch the gender roles in a familiar story--and the Wizard of Oz is not only familiar, but beloved--we may experience some real jolts to our notions about gender. Perhaps we declare ourselves to be quite unbiased in regards to gender roles. However, when every male in the story is female, and the sweet Dorothy is now a Theodore, clutching little Lolo in his arms, we can find ourselves navigating the story with quite different feelings than the original evoked. When a male performs "female" tasks, or a female takes on what is typically a masculine role, discomfort or even a sense of wrongness may be our reaction before we "correct" our thoughts.
Jason Theodor invites us to be open to any dissonance we could feel as we read this story in a gender-reversed version. He challenges us to learn something about ourselves by being sensitive to our own reactions. As such, the story provides us with an intriguing opportunity, a safe place, to scrutinize a fundamental aspect of life that is often easier to take for granted than examine too closely.
A very thought provoking book.