The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Dorothy Gale who is blown away from her home in a tornado. After her many adventures, she finally manages to get back to her farm in Kansas by repeating the magic formula, ‘There’s no place like home.’

But where is Kansas and why does Dorothy love it so much? Kansas is one of the Midwest states, right in the middle of the USA. It’s famous for its cowboy culture and Native American history; in fact its name comes from the Indian Kansa tribe who once lived in the area. But despite its wide open prairies and beautiful farmlands, it’s most famous for being the place where Dorothy came from.

Dorothy never says exactly where in Kansas she came from, but in 1981 a business man from the Kansas town of Liberal decided to put Dorothy’s house on the map. He found an old farm house which looked similar to the one in the film, turned it into a replica of the original and put yellow bricks in front of it to make the famous yellow brick road. ‘Dorothy’s House’ is now open as a tourist attraction and museum, full of memorabilia from the film.

Illustration by ​Alida Massari, taken from ​The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by ​L. Frank Baum, Green Apple – Life Skills (CEFR A1)