A classic for a reason. Dorothy’s simple nature eases her journey, she’s good natured and helpful. And as you always should in fairytales, she helps those she meets along the way. But there are quite a few details I really love: the magic hat and the story of the winged monkeys; the poppy fields and the mouse queen; and the dangerous forests on the way to Glinda's castle.
The thing I found most interesting is the time this was set, it’s not during the Great Depression at all, but the late 1910’s. Very different circumstances, just after WWI and right before the roaring 20’s, no Dustbowl and the hard life that turned Aunt Em gray wasn’t the poverty of the 30’s but the hardships of pioneering.