Scarecrow by J. David Bell                                   

Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (March 18, 2013)

Rating: ★★★★

A man made out of straw contemplates his lack of feeling and the world around him. Endless stalks of yellow corn and blue sky were in his constant view for as long as he could remember. Witnessing Munchkins walking down the yellow brick road filled him with a desire to be free like them, but unfortunately he was trapped by his job of scaring crows. It's only when he's taught to talk by a sympathetic Munchkin boy that his existence starts to improve.

When a young girl finds him and explains how she needs to get to the Emerald City, so the Wizard can send her back to Kansas, he offers to help in exchange for her freeing him from the pole he's attached to. Setting his feet upon the ground for the first time has him fighting to keep his balance, but soon he and the girl will set off on an adventure that every adult learned about when they were children. 

Scarecrow is a short story that successfully expands on the classic beloved novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum. By focusing on a supporting player, Author J. David Bell has breathed new life into a character known for his intelligence but little else, especially once Dorothy leaves Oz. It's interesting to read the Scarecrow's interpretation of the events that occurred as well as how he ruled Oz once he was promoted to that position.

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