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The Adventures of Pinocchio-Italian Classic

Fri, December 8, 2017
Queensborough PAC 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

The Adventures of Pinocchio is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi, written in Pescia.

The original story of the little marionette who wanted to be a real boy is well worth reading by grownups and children alike. Geppetto, the poor woodcarver, is lonely and wants a little boy, so he carves himself a puppet out of a block of wood. A turquoise-haired fairy takes pity on the old man and brings the puppet to life. Almost at once he is cheeky and disobedient, telling lies and being naughty. He desperately wants to be a real boy, but the fairy tells him that he is too naughty.

Like many Tuscan Folk Tales, this is a story with important moral lessons for children: disobedience does not pay, telling lies is seldom prudent (causing Pinocchio’s nose, most famously, to grow with each mistruth), and boys who love and take care of their parents will get the reward that they deserve. Its pedagogical mission notwithstanding, the story remains a thoroughly enjoyable, timeless classic.

Curriculum Connections: Classic Literature, English Language Arts, Theater, Music, Visual Arts