The novel was published in 1900, as America was moving into a century that promised new technology and prosperity.
The movie was produced in 1939, as America was stuggling to find Technicolor at the end of a gray decade.
This collection was written in 2001, a year of fear and technology gone haywire. Once again at the turn of a century, we forsee big changes. There is good out there, and evil, and sometimes it's hard to know which is which.
More than ever, we need brains. We need love. And courage.
Most of all, we need a home.
John M. Daniel, from the Foreword, Yellow Bricks & Ruby Slippers