THE WIZARD OF OZ AUDIO BOOK :CHAPTER 16: HOME AGAIN
CHAPTER 16 : HOME AGAIN
The girl in red took them into a big room. The Good Witch Glinda was waiting for them on her throne. She was young and beautiful. She was dressed in white and she had red hair and blue eyes. She smiled kindly at Dorothy.
“What can I do for you, my dear?” she said.
Dorothy told the Witch her story. She told her about the cyclone which carried her to the Land of Oz. She told her about meeting the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion, and all the things they had done together.
“Now I want to get back to Kansas and see my dear Aunt Em again,” Dorothy said. “She doesn’t know where I am. She must be very worried about me.”
The Good Witch Glinda smiled and she kissed the girl.
“You have a loving heart, my dear,” she said. “I can get you to Kansas. But first you must give me the Golden Cap.”
“Of course I will,” Dorothy replied. “I have had my three wishes. You can send for the Winged Monkeys now.”
The girl took off the Golden Cap and gave it to the Good Witch Glinda. Then the Witch spoke to the Scarecrow.
“What will you do when Dorothy goes home?” Glinda asked.
“I will go back to the Emerald City,” the Scarecrow replied. “Oz made me its King. But first I have to cross the hill of the Hammer-Heads.”
“I will tell the Winged Monkeys to carry you back to the Emerald City,” Glinda said. “You will be a good King.”
Then Glinda spoke to the Tin Man.
“And what will you do?” she asked.
“I would like to return to the Country of the West,” he said. “I want to be King of the Winkies.”
“Then I will tell the Winged Monkeys to carry you back to the West. You will be a good King too,” Glinda said.
Then Glinda smiled at the big Lion.
“What about you?” she asked. “Where will you live?”
“On the other side of the Hill of the Hammer-Heads, there is a great forest,” the Lion answered. “The animals of the forest want me to be their King. I’d be very happy there.”
“The Winged Monkeys will carry you there and that will be my last wish,” Glinda said. “I will give the Golden Cap to the King of the Winged Monkeys. Then they will be free.”
The three friends thanked the Good Witch for her kindness.
“How can I get back to Kansas?” Dorothy asked her.
“Your Silver Shoes will carry you there,” the Good Witch replied. “They have powerful magic, but you did not know about it. You were able to go back to your Aunt Em as soon as you put the Silver Shoes on.”
“But then I would still be in the cornfield,” the Scarecrow said. “And I wouldn’t have my brains.”
“I have a heart now,” the Tin Man said. “Dorothy helped me to leave the forest. I am very happy.”
“I am happy too,” the Lion said. “I am not a coward anymore and I will be King of the animals.”
“I am very glad that I helped you,” Dorothy said. “You have helped me too. But now I want to go back to Kansas.”
“The Silver Shoes will take you there,” Glinda told Dorothy. “Knock the shoes together three times and say where you want to go.”
“But first I must say goodbye to my friends!” the girl said.
Then Dorothy, who was crying now, hugged the Lion and kissed him. She kissed the Tin Man and hugged the Scarecrow.
Glinda gave the girl a goodbye kiss.
Then, with Toto in her arms, Dorothy closed her eyes and knocked the Silver Shoes together three times.
“Take me home to Aunt Em, in Kansas!” Dorothy cried.
Immediately, she flew through the air, around and around, up and up. Then she quickly hit the ground with a bump.
When she opened her eyes, she was sitting in front of the new house that Uncle Henry had built on the prairie. And there was Uncle Henry! Toto ran up to him, barking loudly.
Dorothy looked at her feet, but the Silver Shoes had gone. They had fallen off in the desert and were never seen again.
Aunt Em came out of the house and saw Dorothy.
“My dearest child!” she cried. “Where have you come from?”
“I have come from the Land of Oz and Toto was there too,” Dorothy replied. She hugged Aunt Em and kissed her.
“Oh, Aunt Em, I am so glad to be home!” she said.