Author's Note

PerhapsIshouldadmitonthetitlepagethatthisbookis"ByL.FrankBaumandhiscorrespondents,"forIhaveusedmanysuggestionsconveyedtomeinlettersfromchildren.OnceonatimeIreallyimaginedmyself"anauthoroffairytales,"butnowIammerelyaneditororprivatesecretaryforahostofyoungsterswhoseideasIamrequestsedtoweaveintothethreadofmystories.

Theseideasareoftenclever.Theyarealsologicalandinteresting.SoIhaveusedthemwheneverIcouldfindanopportunity,anditisbutjustthatIacknowledgemyindebtednesstomylittlefriends.

My,whatimaginationsthesechildrenhavedeveloped!SometimesIamfairlyastoundedbytheirdaringandgenius.Therewillbenolackoffairy-taleauthorsinthefuture,Iamsure.MyreadershavetoldmewhattodowithDorothy,andAuntEmandUncleHenry,andIhaveobeyedtheirmandates.Theyhavealsogivenmeavarietyofsubjectstowriteaboutinthefuture:enough,infact,tokeepmebusyforsometime.Iamveryproudofthisalliance.Childrenlovethesestoriesbecausechildrenhavehelpedtocreatethem.MyreadersknowwhattheywantandrealizethatItrytopleasethem.Theresultisverysatisfactorytothepublishers,tome,and(Iamquitesure)tothechildren.

Ihope,mydears,itwillbealongtimebeforeweareobligedtodissolvepartnership.

L.FrankBaum.

Coronado,1910

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