by L. Frank Baum
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Lion and the Mouse
- 620-560 BCE
In this classic fable by Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, a tiny mouse proves to a powerful lion that she is greater than she seems.Pair “The Lion and the Mouse” with “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” and ask students to discuss the problems in each story and how the characters solve them. Why do the characters in “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” save the Tin Woodman? How does this compare to why the mouse saves the lion?
Down the Rabbit Hole
- Lewis Carroll
In the opening chapter from Carroll's classic novel, Alice follows the frantic White Rabbit down into a fantasy world.Pair “Down the Rabbit Hole” with “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” and ask students to compare these two fantasy worlds. Ask students to discuss what about these two stories make them works fantasy. How do the worlds described in the two stories compare to our world?
Arriving at Emerald City
- L. Frank Baum
In this excerpt from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her friends arrive at the Emerald City where they plan to meet Oz.Pair “Arriving at the Emerald City from the Wonderful World of Oz” with “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” and ask students how the characters develop from when they first meet in the “rescue” to when they arrive in the Emerald City. Compare how the characters act in each section of the same book.
Excerpt from “Adventures of Isabel”
- Ogden Nash
In this excerpt from Ogden Nash’s poem “Adventures of Isabel,” Isabel meets a hungry bear.Pair “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” with “Excerpt from Adventures of Isabel” and ask students to discuss the different adventures that the two characters go on. What obstacles do they face? How do both Dorothy and Isabel show bravery in the two texts?
Queen Esther and Me
- Amalia Hoffman
In Amalia Hoffman’s essay “Queen Esther and Me,” Hoffman explores the origin and celebration of the Jewish holiday Purim.Pair “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” with “Queen Esther and Me” and ask students to discuss the acts of kindness in each text. Is one more meaningful than the other? Can people only make a difference by saving a whole group of people like Queen Esther? Can Dorothy’s act of kindness be considered just as meaningful as Queen Esther’s act of bravery? Why or why not?
Jared to the Rescue
- Carole Duncan Buckman
In Carole Duncan Buckman’s short story “Jared to the Rescue,” Jared helps one of his classmates on the first day of second grade.Pair “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” with “Jared to the Rescue” and ask students to discuss how friendships develop in the two texts. How does the kindness that Jared shows Jessica compare to the kindness Dorothy shows the Tin Woodman?
The Champion of Quiet
- Tracy Stewart
In Tracy Stewart’s short story “The Champion of Quiet,” a girl who is often picked last in gym class volunteers to be a team captain.Pair “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” with “The Champion of Quiet” and ask students to discuss how Dorothy and Maggie are both brave. Why do students think Dorothy and Maggie decided to be brave for others? How do their brave actions lead to new friendships?
Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire
- Mary E. Glucksman
In the informational text “Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire,” Mary E. Glucksman discusses how Mary McCann’s saved twenty people.Pair “The Rescue of the Tin Woodman” with “Disaster on the East River: When the General Slocum Caught Fire” and ask student to discuss how Dorothy and Mary McCann both put others before themselves. What compels the two girls to help others in need? How are they rewarded for their heroics?