None of us, whether children or adults, needs an introduction to Mother Goose. Those things which are earliest impressed upon our minds cling to them most tenaciously The snatches sung in the nursery are never forgotten, nor are they ever recalled without bringing back with them myriads of slumbering feelings and half-forgotten images.
In making the stories I have followed mainly the suggestions of the rhymes, and my hope is that the little ones will like them, and not find that they interfere with the fanciful creations of their own imaginations.
L. Frank Baum was an author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote 55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and more.