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Pinocchio In Africa By Cherubini Translated by Angelo Patri

1. Preface 2. Why Pinocchio Did Not Go To School 3. Pinocchio Assists In Welcoming The Circus 4. Pinocchio Among The Wild Animals 5. Pinocchio Makes Friends With The Wild Animals 6. Pinocchio Determines To Go To Africa 7. Pinocchio In Doubt 8. He Bids Good by To The Animals 9. Pinocchio Does Not Sleep 10. Pinocchio Eats Dates 11. Pinocchio Lands On A Rock 12. The First Night In Africa 13. Pinocchio Is Well Received 14. Pinocchio Is Arrested 15. Pinocchio's Father 16. Pinocchio Sells Drinking Water 17. A Ride On A Dog's Back 18. The Cave 19. The Caravan 20. The Baby Pulls His Nose 21. Pinocchio Travels With The Caravan 22. He Is Offered For Sale 23. The Bird In The Forest 24. His Adventure With A Lion 25. Pinocchio Is Brought Before The King 26. The Monkeys Stone The Marionette 27. Pinocchio Dreams Again 28. Pinocchio Is Carried Away In An Eggshell 29. Pinocchio Escapes Again 30. Pinocchio Is Swallowed By A Crocodile 31. Pinocchio Is Made Emperor 32. His First Night As Emperor 33. He Sends For The Royal Doctor 34. An Old Story 35. His Duties As Emperor 36. Pinocchio Makes His First Address 37. The Emperor Becomes As Black As A Crow 38. The Hippopotamus Hunt 39. The Emperor Surprises His Subjects By His Wisdom 40. Pinocchio Travels Through The Empire 41. Pinocchio Is Placed In A Cage 42. Pinocchio Performs For The Public 43. Pinocchio Breaks The Cage And Makes His Escape

1. Preface

Collodi's "Pinocchio" tells the story of a wooden marionette and of his efforts to become a real boy. Although he was kindly treated by the old woodcutter, Geppetto, who had fashioned him out of a piece of kindling wood, he was continually getting into trouble and disgrace. Even Fatina, the Fairy with the Blue Hair, could not at once change an idle, selfish marionette into a studious and reliable boy. His adventures, including his brief transformation into a donkey, give the author an opportunity to teach a needed and wholesome lesson without disagreeable moralizing.

Pinocchio immediately leaped into favor as the hero of Italian juvenile romance. The wooden marionette became a popular subject for the artist's pencil and the storyteller's invention. Brought across the seas, he was welcomed by American children and now appears in a new volume which sets forth his travels in Africa. The lessons underlying his fantastic experiences are clear to the youngest readers but are never allowed to become obtrusive. The amusing illustrations of the original are fully equaled in the present edition, while the whimsical nonsense which delights Italian children has been reproduced as closely as a translation permits.

2. Why Pinocchio Did Not Go To School

ONE morning Pinocchio slipped out of bed before daybreak. He got up with a great desire to study, a feeling, it must be confessed, which did not often take hold of him. He dipped his wooden head into the cool, refreshing water, puffed very hard, dried himself, jumped up and down to stretch his legs, and in a few moments was seated at his small worktable.

There was his home work for the day, twelve sums, four pages of penmanship, and the fable of "The Dog and the Rabbit" to learn by heart. He began with the fable, reciting it in a loud voice, like the hero in the play: "'A dog was roaming about the fields, when from behind a little hill jumped a rabbit, which had been nibbling the tender grass.'

"Roaming, nibbling. The teacher says this is beautiful language. Maybe it is; I have nothing to say about that. Well, one more.

"'A dog was roaming about the fields when he saw run out a rabbit which which ' I don't know it; let's begin again. 'A dog was running about eating, eating ' But eating what? Surely he did not eat grass!

"This fable is very hard; I cannot learn it... Continue reading book >>

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