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Story of Pinocchio - Usborne PB
by Retold by Katie Daynes. Based on the original story by Carlo Collodi
Age Range: Under_5
This is the universally well-known story of the wooden puppet carved from a piece of pine wood by Geppetto a poor woodcarver. Geppetto loves Pinocchio dearly and although the wayward puppet does love his father he finds it almost impossible to be good. From the moment Pinocchio is created he has a mind of his own and more than anything he longs to be a real boy.
When Pinocchio meets the Blue Fairy she promises to grant his wish if he can demonstrate that he is brave, loyal and honest. But Pinocchio just loves having fun and is easily tempted into making the wrong decisions so he stumbles from one misadventure to another until he realises what is really important to him.
This picture book version of the story of Pinocchio is retold by Katie Daynes and is based on the original story by Carlo Collodi. With simplified text, but still keeping the essence of the story, this is a perfect for the Under 5’s. The characterful illustrations by Italian artist Mauro Evangelista will ensure that Pinocchio is instantly recognizable as the famous puppet made out of the wood.