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Pinocchio is the tale of a mischievous puppet with marvellous powers - he can move about without strings, walk and talk. Old Gepetto, the carpenter who created him, gives the puppet the name Pinocchio, “a name that will bring him luck”, and sends him off to school. However, Pinocchio falls into bad company, runs away, and has one misadventure after another. Whenever he tells a lie (which is often), Pinocchio's nose grows to a monstrous length. The puppet finds he has a mysterious friend, the Blue Fairy, who looks out for him and tries to improve his character. After many dreadful scrapes, one of which turns him for a brief time into a donkey, Pinocchio sets out to find his father. Eventually he locates Gepetto, who had gone looking for him, in the belly of a giant fish. Pinocchio rescues him, and takes care of the sick old man. As a reward, the Blue Fairy turns Pinocchio into a real boy, telling him, “try to do better in the future, and you will be happy.”

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Pinocchio: the tale of a puppet
by Carlo Collodi ; illustrated by Alice Carsey.
New York : Whitman, c1916.

The gift of Sybille Pantazzi.

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Pinocchio : the adventures of a puppet
by Carlo Collodi ; translated from the Italian by M. A. Murray ; illustrated by Edna E. Potter.
New York : Harper & Brothers, c1925.
(Twilight series).

The gift of Jane Dobell.

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by Carlo Collodi ; illustrated by Christopher Rule.
New York : J.H. Sears, c1926.

The gift of Sybille Pantazzi.

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The adventures of Pinocchio
by C. Collodi ; illustrations in colors by Attilio Mussino ; translated from the Italian by Carol Della Chiesa.
3rd ed. New York : Macmillan, [1929].

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Source: Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library.