Local author Sylvia Patience inspires Live Oak class Her self-published book “Toto’s Tale and the True Chronicle of Oz” is a retelling of L. Frank Baum’s familiar tale, from the dog Toto’s point of view. Mariana Muñoz, 9, said she felt emotional when Patience read about Dorothy adopting the runaway Toto. In this version, Dorothy, an orphan, rides a train from New York to find work in the Midwest. She meets Toto at a Kansas train station and falls in love. Mariana said she had never met an author before. “It makes me want to write a story,” she said. Patience, 74, and a Live Oak resident, said the story loosely follows Baum’s version, but incorporates more smells and sounds because it’s told through a dog’s eyes. “If dogs can’t see green, what did the Emerald City look like?” asked Lunden Blossom, 9. Patience said for Toto, the Emerald City was gray, but he heard others talking about the colors they saw.
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