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The adventures of Pinocchio : the story of a puppet

by Carlo Collodi; Iassen Ghiuselev

  Book : Fiction : Juvenile audience

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Beautifully illustrated story of puppet   (2009-01-07)

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spite of this advice, Pinocchio joins his school mate, Lampwick in Play Land where the puppet turns into a donkey.  When he is thrown into the sea, he changes back to a puppet and reunites with his father.  He may begin to realize how he can become a real boy by helping his father.    Many readers are familiar with Pinocchio’s story but this translation bluntly tells the events.  Beautiful watercolor and black and white illustrations accompany and perhaps soften the story.  Unfortunately, these illustrations do not follow the story precisely which could be distracting.  If one can tolerate the puppet’s obstinacy and can not be distracted by the illustrations’ placement, this fantasy could appeal to middle and high school readers.




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