What Makes The Wizard of Oz Vocabulary Builder Superior to All Other Vocabulary Builders?
The vocabulary words appear in the context of a continuous story. You'll enjoy what you read and you'll remember what the words mean. (By the way, L. Frank Baum's original story was written for children and is rather tame. This version, written for teenagers and adults, is far more thrilling, scary, and intense.)
The definitions are user-friendly. Let's say, for example, that you don't know the meaning of the word "disdain." When you look it up in a dictionary, you find that it means "scorn; contempt." You don't know what those words mean either, so you look up "scorn," only to learn that it means "disdain; contempt." Then you look up "contempt." You guessed it: "disdain; scorn." The definitions in The Wizard of Oz Vocabulary Builder are very easy to understand; they never use words you don't know.
The illustrative sentences are a hoot. Author Phillips searched the globe looking for the world's best illustrative sentences. These sentences not only make the word in question unforgettable, but they entertain you (some of them are laugh-out-loud funny) or inform you (many teach you something interesting or even astonishing about history, politics, literature, science, music, or art!).
The Wizard of Oz Vocabulary Builder teaches vocabulary with a three-pronged approach. First, you read the word in context, in the story. Next, you read the word's definition. Finally, you read an unforgettable illustrative sentence. All three steps reinforce each other so that you can't possibly forget the meanings of the words.
Note: Some pages towards the end of the book are missing but it does not make much difference. Also check out Pinocchio Intermediate Vocabulary Builder by the same author.