Children's Literature and Pinocchio

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Witty Wood
Michael Aposporos
Collodi, Carlo. The Adventures of Pinocchio. Trans. Nancy Canepa. Illustration. Carmelo Lettere South Royalton: Sheerforth Press, 2002.

Within this review of the cherished Italian fairy tale The Adventures of Pinocchio I aim to address an audience of my peers, generally within the age range of 18-28+. Those of whom are likely familiar with the extremely popular fairy tale “Pinocchio”. I assume most of my peers have seen the Disney version of “Pinocchio”, however, they have likely never read the novel. If I were to choose where I would likely have this published it would probably be in an online blog or forum. I would say you could consider this a persuasive review.

Witty Wood
When I ask friends what the first thing that comes to mind is when they recall the story of “Pinocchio”, it often conjures images of a wooden puppet, lies, a growing nose, a whale, and occasionally the fairy. If you had asked me the same question a month ago I would have responded similarly, however, now The Adventures of Pinocchio invokes a sense of nostalgia for myself, accompanied by memories of the trial and tribulations of childhood and adolescence. This is because the story of “Pinocchio” is not just another fairy tales with a simple moral, “Pinocchio” is rather a tale with a wealth of valuable morals as well adventure, mischief, love, courage, confidence, and heart.

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi was first published in 1883. Collodi, wrote “Pinocchio” to convey the excitement, danger, and deception of being a young puppet that hopes to one day become a man. In 1940 the first “Pinocchio” film was made. Disney has certainly impacted the way in which our generation views fairy tales, one expectation I, along with most everyone who has any prior knowledge of “Pinocchio”, certainly carries with them is the “growing nose.” Everyone vividly remembers when “Pinocchio” lies and his nose begins to grow longer and longer. However, in the...
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