All of my books are important to me; not only do they give me stories of far-away places and magical things, but they also hold my memories from the first time I opened them, to the 10th time I read a particular story, to the story that brought me through a depressing or sad time of my life. Every book I have opened holds my memories of that story as well as its story itself. I have enough books boxed in my basement to fill a couple bookshelves, with nowhere to put them, yet 🙂
But the book I hold most special, was a gift on my 30th birthday from my sister-in-law. I think the only thing I am a fan of more than Abraham Lincoln is The Wizard of Oz. This story as well as it’s less famous follow-up stories are a huge part of my childhood, and I cherish each of them. So to get an autographed book from Roger S. Baum, great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, literally left me speechless, and in tears. My brother and sister-in-law met Mr. Baum as he was signing books at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I will apologize for the less-than-stellar pictures, as I did not have the best lighting conditions, but the inscription is as follows:
Oz, I’m sure, means different things for different people but, two things are for sure, Oz is love and it is for the young-in-heart. If you remain young-in-heart, the gates to the Emerald City will always remain open for you. There is not any age to the spirit.
Roger S. Baum
How amazing is that? I think my brother would be a little miffed to find out I have not yet read this book, as I cannot bear to bend its spine any more than I have to read further than the inscription. He asked me for about 2 years if I had read it, and I told him I couldn’t bear to bend it, and he just stopped asking me 🙂
If you are a fan of the Oz stories, you must go to http://tototooinc.tateauthor.com/ . Frank S. Baum has 15 different Oz books, and he will autograph them for you. I think I’ve found my Christmas present to myself!