Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was an American writer of children's books, best known for creating the marvelous Land of Oz in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". This fanciful kingdom was catalogued in a series of children's books beginning with the publication of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Baum's Oz series compasses the first fully developed fantasy world created by an American author. In 1900, Baum and Denslow, famous illustrator with whom he shared the copyright, published "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", making it one of the first commercially successful uses of color illustrations in American publishing. Dorothy and her friends soon began their journey toward becoming an integral part of the American consciousness. "The Tin Woodman of Oz" is the twelfth Land of Oz book. In this tale, the Tin Woodman journeys to learn what has become of his pretty Munchkin sweetheart, Nimmie Amee. He was to marry the Munchkin before the Wicked Witch of the East charmed his ax and traded his flesh for one of tin.