My 10-year-old son read this last year in his reading group at school and told me how different it was from the movie. I have watched the movie a gazillion times in my life, loving it more each time I see it. Now I have finally read the book, and I LOVED it! I get a kick out of all the writings/reviews I've seen/heard over the years about the "symbolisms" and "political commentary" of this book. Phooey! Read Mr. Baum's introduction to the book. Suspend your disbelief, read this wonderful story, and just enjoy it for what Mr. Baum intended it to be - a modern fairy tale.