Michele Rubatino Releases “The Origin of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

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New book deciphers L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story

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L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has seen many reincarnations since first being published in 1900. Much of the symbolic meanings of the popular story of Oz continue to undergo speculation. The meaning of home and the implications of not having a heart or a brain or courage are metaphoric questions that remain in heavy rotation in popular culture and popular fiction. Yet in an un-fictitious twist, the new book by Michele Rubatino, “The Origin of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (published by iUniverse), depicts one aspect of Baum’s story that was not metaphorical but, in fact, actual – the maps found in Tik-Tok of Oz.

In “The Origin of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” Rubatino provides evidence to show the maps found in the Oz books, 40 of them in all, were derived from drawing blueprints taken from the text of a King James Version Bible dating from around 1611.

Baum himself is credited to admitting that these maps were derived from discovery and not imagination. Rubatino suggests that this information found by Baum formed the foundation for the creation of this fantasy series.

Rubatino sees her research as a step forward to understanding Baum’s work specifically and artistic expression generally. “The book reveals the source and foundation to the Oz story, leading to newly discovered knowledge concerning the core of our humanity process via imagination,” she explains. “Humanity as a whole can benefit in understanding the process of their imagination, and how it affects all aspects of living relating to our human emotions.”

Oz enthusiasts, theologians, and all interested in the works of Baum will find much in Rubatino’s book to decipher the many facets Baum included in his stories, helping fans gain a better perspective on the mysteries still to be found in the Bible and the Oz series.

About the Author
Michele Rubatino designed and operated databases. She lives in rural Washington State.

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