Saturday, June 26, 2021

This Week's Oz Short Story

The Little Wizard Stories of Oz concludes with "The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman", a short little tale of their bromance. It may be the slightest story in the collection, because all it is is the two friends going out on a boat ride. Of course, water doesn't agree with either character, and so hijinks happen as the Tin Woodman falls overboard, while the Scarecrow ends up rubbing off an eye while trying to rescue him. Eventually, an anchor and a flock of crows help get the Tin Woodman out of the river, but the crows decide to cause some mischief and leave the two of them stuck in a tree. Eventually they make it back to dry land, but the Tin Woodman is so rusted and the Scarecrow so waterlogged that neither can do much. It takes the Wizard to show up, on the Sawhorse, to put them both to rights.

I think the only comment I can add to this is that the titular characters need to stay away from boats and water. Why they even went out on a boat ride in the first place, I will probably never understand.

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