Adventures of Pinocchio: Tale of a Puppet

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9780688124502: Adventures of Pinocchio: Tale of a Puppet

The adventures of the wooden puppet boy whose nose grew whenever he told a lie

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Text: English, Italian (translation)

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Grade 2-5-An idiomatic retelling of Collodi's didactic classic. While Mattotti's adaption hits all the high points of the original, readers are moved along too quickly through Pinocchio's sinister encounters with Stromboli (here called Fire-eater) and his puppet theater or the fox and the cat. Children don't have the opportunity to dwell on the satisfaction of seeing the recalcitrant puppet gradually change his ways. Also, the story is heavy: the fox and cat, after pretending to be lame and blind, end up in that condition; a cat has its paw bitten off; Pinocchio nearly dies rather than take his medicine; and four black rabbits bear his coffin into his bedroom. It's pretty fierce stuff for the bedtime-story set. The sinuous lines of the illustrations are overlaid with black crayonlike texture that reinforces the story's darkness. While some children may respond to the uniquely stylish artwork, they deserve the whole story, which is better served by Robert Innocenti's illustrations for E. Harden's translation of The Adventures of Pinocchio (Knopf, 1988).
Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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