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An orphaned girl named Dorothy lives in a small, drab house with her uncle and aunt. The Kansas prairie landscape is barren and gray, and so are Dorothy's uncle and aunt. Dorothy's dog, Toto, is her only source of fun.
One day a cyclone hits the house before Dorothy and Toto can reach the storm cellar. The house whirls into the air and is carried away. After many lonely, frightened hours in the air, Dorothy and Toto crawl over to her bed and fall asleep.
Baum opens his book with such flat, dull descriptions for several reasons:
Baum was not actually familiar with Kansas. His descriptions here are drawn from the three years he and his family lived in the stark South Dakota prairie.