Thursday, May 15

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Today we celebrate the special birthday of a very special man. L. Frank Baum wrote one of the most beloved children's books, The Wizard Of Oz and the 13 sequels that followed.



L. Frank Baum circa 1901

Born
May 15, 1856 Chittenango, New York

Died
May 6, 1919 (aged 62) Hollywood, California

Occupation
Author, Newspaper Editor, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer

Spouse
Maud
Gage

Children
Frank Joslyn Baum
Robert Stanton Baum

Harry Neal Baum Kenneth Gage Baum


We are long time Wizard Of Oz fans around here...this was the invitation to our last Halloween Bash...



And this Flying Monkey was carved as a gift for me a long time ago! It's a music box and it plays "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" and the wings move up and down. He's even carrying Toto!










I was (and still am) a sucker for this great classic. The trailer below is from the 1957 re-release...enjoy! (Be sure you stop the music player on the right)




5 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What a fabulous sculpture!

Janet said...

Love that monkey...have you seen "Wicked"? You would just love the monkeys flying around...way cool. Your check is in the mail!

Janet

Sandi McBride said...

Okay, you know I had to watch the trailer...I'm a big fan of Mr. Baum's...not just the Wizard of Oz, either...I can't wait for my little French girl to arrive...I've got just the perfect place for her after I have her "framed"...
Have a great Friday!
hugs
Sandi

Counting Your Blessings said...

Oh, I LOVE the Wizard of Oz! Great post. Blessings... Polly

Susie Q said...

Oh how I love it! You know, I just watched it again on Thursday evening. My nephew is 5 and I think I you may know he is autistic. He loves movies but it is usually Thomas the Train or a Disney one like Cars. Well, he has discovered WoO and LOVES it! He gets so excited at certain scenes and just sat in my lap and clapped and grinned. I reminded his Daddy that HE was afraid of those monkeys but not Boo! : )
LOVE the carved music box. That is priceless!

Thank you for the French Girl and flags!! I am excited about them!

Love,
Sue