Through the big hall they went, up the grand staircase carpeted thick with velvet, and so along a wide corridor to a carved doorway. Here the servant paused, and opening the door said with polite deference:
"Be good enough to enter, sir, and make yourself at home in the rooms our Royal Ozma has ordered prepared for you. Whatever you see is for you to use and enjoy, as if your own. The Princess dines at seven, and I shall be here in time to lead you to the drawing-room, where you will be privileged to meet the lovely Ruler of Oz. Is there any command, in the meantime, with which you desire to honor me?"
"No," said the shaggy man; "but I'm much obliged."
He entered the room and shut the door, and for a time stood in bewilderment, admiring the grandeur before him.
He had been given one of the handsomest apartments in the most magnificent palace in the world, and you can not wonder that his good fortune astonished and awed him until he grew used to his surroundings.
The furniture was upholstered in cloth of gold, with the royal crown embroidered upon it in scarlet. The rug upon the marble floor was so thick and soft that he could not hear the sound of his own footsteps, and upon the walls were splendid tapestries woven with scenes from the Land of Oz. Books and ornaments were scattered about in profusion, and the shaggy man thought he had never seen so many pretty things in one place before. In one corner played a tinkling fountain of perfumed water, and in another was a table bearing a golden tray loaded with freshly gathered fruit, including several of the red-cheeked apples that the shaggy man loved.
At the farther end of this charming room was an open doorway, and he crossed over to find himself in a bedroom containing more comforts than the shaggy man had ever before imagined. The bedstead was of gold and set with many brilliant diamonds, and the coverlet had designs of pearls and rubies sewed upon it. At one side of the bedroom was a dainty dressing-room with closets containing a large assortment of fresh clothing; and beyond this was the bath—a large room having a marble pool big enough to swim in, with white marble steps leading down to the water. Around the edge of the pool were set rows of fine emeralds as large as door-knobs, while the water of the bath was clear as crystal.
For a time the shaggy man gazed upon all this luxury with silent amazement. Then he decided, being wise in his way, to take advantage of his good fortune. He removed his shaggy boots and his shaggy clothing, and bathed in the pool with rare enjoyment. After he had dried himself with the soft towels he went into the dressing-room and took fresh linen from the drawers and put it on, finding that everything fitted him exactly. He examined the contents of the closets and selected an elegant suit of clothing.
I was totally obsessed with Cinderella as a kid, so I would have thoroughly enjoyed this board game. However, I suspect my family members would have not volunteered to play this with me. Sheesh!
Cadaco featured 1960s style artwork on their 1987 board game.
This charming 1937 game came out the same year as Disney's classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie. Aah, how refreshing - the player pieces are made out of wood, not plastic.
Here's a Snow White game that followed 40 years later, from Cadaco.
"Oh Gnome You Don't" features 100 colorful acrylic gems, cute gnome paper player movement pieces, and gnome brawl draw cards. Meant for players over the age of 13, this game can last around 90 minutes. Can be played with just two players, or up to five players. Also available on eBay.
Speaking of gnomes, who here is old enough to remember playing this 1979 Gnomes board game?
It may be impossible to entirely avoid the saccharine Disney Princesses.. so might as well join them in a rousing game of Junior Monopoly. Dibs on the Cinderella player piece!
There's also a Disney Princess Chutes and Ladders board game, featuring characters sliding away from fanciful castle turrets.