Rinkitink in Oz

Rinkitink in Oz

by L. Frank Baum

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Overview

If you have a map of the Land of Oz handy, you will find that the great Nonestic Ocean washes the shores of the Kingdom of Rinkitink, between which and the Land of Oz lies a strip of the country of the Nome King and a Sandy Desert. The Kingdom of Rinkitink isn't very big and lies close to the ocean, all the houses and the King's palace being built near the shore. The people live much upon the water, boating and fishing, and the wealth of Rinkitink is gained from trading along the coast and with the islands nearest it.

Four days' journey by boat to the north of Rinkitink is the Island of Pingaree, and as our story begins here I must tell you something about this island. At the north end of Pingaree, where it is widest, the land is a mile from shore to shore, but at the south end it is scarcely half a mile broad; thus, although Pingaree is four miles long, from north to south, it cannot be called a very big island. It is exceedingly pretty, however, and to the gulls who approach it from the sea it must resemble a huge green wedge lying upon the waters, for its grass and trees give it the color of an emerald.

The grass came to the edge of the sloping shores; the beautiful trees occupied all the central portion of Pingaree, forming a continuous grove where the branches met high overhead and there was just space beneath them for the cosy houses of the inhabitants. These houses were scattered everywhere throughout the island, so that there was no town or city, unless the whole island might be called a city. The canopy of leaves, high overhead, formed a shelter from sun and rain, and the dwellers in the grove could all look past the straight tree-trunks and across the grassy slopes to the purple waters of the Nonestic Ocean.

At the big end of the island, at the north, stood the royal palace of King Kitticut, the lord and ruler of Pingaree. It was a beautiful palace, built entirely of snow-white marble and capped by domes of burnished gold, for the King was exceedingly wealthy. All along the coast of Pingaree were found the largest and finest pearls in the whole world.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013177581
Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Unforgotten Classics , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 227 KB
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Date of Birth:

May 15, 1856

Date of Death:

May 6, 1919

Place of Birth:

Chittenango, New York

Place of Death:

Hollywood, California

Education:

Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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Rinkitink in Oz 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
cartooncool More than 1 year ago
These are the best and beautifully done. The illustrations are wonderful. Make sure before purchasing one of the Oz books, that you make sure it is from Eltanin Publishing. They are the very best versions.
OonaEleven More than 1 year ago
All of L. Frank Baum's Oz books are fantastic. The trouble with this specific book is not the book itself but the publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing. It's more like bottom of the barrel. The cover is pixelated and there are hardly any illustrations, if any at all, in any of their Oz books. The pages appear to have been typed up and printed at anyone's home computer. Do yourself a favor, don't buy from Bottom of the Hill Publishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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ElizabethChapman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is quite simply wonderful. It may actually be a disadvantage for its reputation that it is part of the Oz series. People looking for another story about Dorothy will be disappointed and Rinkitink may have suffered as a result. But anyone searching for a genuinely enchanting tale for children (or precocious adults) will be delighted.Fantastic characters, a fabulous story, and three magic pearls that I'd give my eye teeth to own make "Rinkitink" a real keeper. One of my favorite childhood books and one that I enjoy just as much now that I'm an adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago