The Adventures of Pinocchio

Author:   Carlo Collodi
Publisher:   New Holland Publishers
ISBN:  

9781742571270


Pages:   96
Publication Date:   01 March 2011
Format:   Paperback
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The Adventures of Pinocchio


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Pinocchio is a fictional character that first appeared in 1881 in The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, and has since appeared in many adaptations of that story and others. Carved from a piece of pine by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamt of becoming a real boy. The name Pinocchio is Italian for 'Pine Eye'.

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Author:   Carlo Collodi
Publisher:   New Holland Publishers
Imprint:   New Holland Publishers
Dimensions:   Width: 12.00cm , Height: 1.30cm , Length: 18.30cm
Weight:   0.136kg
ISBN:  

9781742571270


ISBN 10:   1742571271
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   01 March 2011
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children's (6-12)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Virginia writes: 'Pinocchio' turned 100 in 1981. Italo Calvino declared that his originality should mark him as a 'major' rather than a 'minor' contributor to Italian literature comparable to Dante. The story marks itself in the beginning as one about a piece of wood, not one of kings and castles. The piece of wood giggles at Maestro Cherry who gives it to Gepetto and after a 'thrashing' between the two involving insults like 'Donkey', bad tempered Gepetto creates Pinocchio. The leitmotif of the 'donkey' symbol may reference Shakespeare or the bible, and there are obvious similarities between Pinocchio and Puck. While education and schoolbooks are clearly valued, authority figures are often the subject of ridicule and portrayed as animals rather than people. Pinocchio lives in a dark world of thieves and vagabonds and even when he manages to get to school and flourish, the temptation of 'Funland' is too much. Puppets have a long tradition in western and eastern storytelling. Harlequin, Punch, Columbine and Pantaloon are the marionettes from which 'Commedia dell'arte' emerged. In a reflexive turn, Collodi has stringless Pinocchio meet the marionettes where he gets in trouble again. This feisty puppet is always in trouble, and it is a bittersweet transformation that ends the story turning Pinocchio into a living boy. Filled with irony and innuendo there is no single interpretation of Pinocchio. It manages to be an anti-school book schoolbook suitable for anyone who has ever gotten into trouble. Not that I have.


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Carlo Collodi was born in Florence in Italy in 1826 and died in 1890. He was the eldest of ten children and like pinocchio was not a good student and was better known for his pranks than for his achievements. A librarian and then a volunteer in the Tuscan Army, Collodi also worked as a journalist and playwright. Pinocchio the story has been translated into most of the languages of the world. Ian Pedlow's 1974 translation leaves in a few of the Italian words, and is written in an easy to read style suitable for the children of today.

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