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Hidden Meanings in Children's Books

Read Between the Lines: 10 Classic Kids' Books With Delightfully Subversive Subtext

Long before the 1939 film version made Dorothy and Co. household names, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ($28) was a children's book first published in 1900. Some scholars have argued that the book is an allegorical representation of the gold standard debate, but the book's author, L. Frank Baum, never publicly acknowledged this theory.

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