There’s no place like home: Returning to Oz

by Anna Blanch on August 22, 2009

There’s no place like home….there’s no place like home…..there’s no place like home.

Clicking my heels together I’ll slip on the ruby reds (climbing inside a QANTAS jet (oh so appropriately)) and fly away home later today.

Now is the time to look forward.

  1. I am looking forward to being back in Australia and i am going to relish every moment of this month!
  2. I am looking forward to meeting my beautiful newborn neice.
  3. I am looking forward to celebrating my brother’s achievements with family and friends!
  4. I am looking forward to reflecting on the experiences of the last two years!
  5. I am looking forward to my mum’s cooking – i’ve ordered a lamb roast!
  6. I am looking forward to seeing the southern cross in the night sky.

Speaking of The Wizard of Oz, which we weren’t, but let’s. I wanted to make sure you knew about these annotated editions of some of the classics.

Ann Alice
The Annotated Alice
by Lewis Carroll
Annotated by Martin Gardner
Ann Grimm
The Annotated Brothers Grimm
Annotated by Maria Tatar
Ann Christmas Carol
The Annotated Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Annotated by Michael Patrick Hearn


Ann CFT
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales
Annotated by Maria Tatar

Ann Huck Finn
The Annotated Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
Annotated by Michael Patrick Hearn
Ann Sherlock
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Annotated by Leslie S. Klinger
Ann Oz
The Annotated Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
Annotated by Michael Patrick Hearn

What I have come to appreciate about these W.W. Norton Editions is that they tend to use the standard critical text of the work and attempt if at all possible to reproduce the original illustrations. The illustrations are really important for 19th century children’s literature but unfortunately many recent editions leave them out entirely or use inferior plates. These editions are beautiful and they don’t skimp on the annotations. Here’s an amazon list of all of the annotated editions.


Time to enjoy family and friends and my country.

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