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Doesn't include Pinocchio's nose growing with each lie he tells
on February 3, 2014
I'm not sure how you'd even begin to condense a full length animated movie into 24 pages, but they did a relatively good job with Pinocchio, based on the 1940 Disney animated classic (which the American Film Institute named the #2 American animated film of all time, behind only Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!) I can remember my mother taking my three younger sisters and I to see it at the theater during one of it's re-releases - even though I was about 10 at the time, I remember being pretty afraid during certain parts, and in fact, the illustrations brought back some pretty vivid memories, especially of Monstro the whale!
All of the characters I remembered are here... Geppetto, Jiminy Cricket, J. Worthington Foulfellow and his sidekick Gideon, Stromboli, Lumpwick (the boy who turned into a donkey on Pleasure Island), Figaro and Cleo, and of course the Blue Fairy, who explains to Pinocchio at the beginning of the story that in order to become a REAL boy, he must prove to be brave, truthful and unselfish. I wish they would've included the part where Pinocchio - when asked by the Blue Fairy why he strayed from going to school - lies, and his nose grows with each lie... that was key to the story. But in the end, of course, Pinocchio does prove himself to be a REAL boy by saving Geppetto.
Even though the book excluded the nose, I filled my grandson in on a little bit more of what happened in the movie, and hopefully one day we'll rent it. He fell in love with "Cars 2" when he was 3, but I really wanted him to experience the older Disney movies as well. Wish we could've afforded a collection of the DVDs, but these Little Golden Books are helping me to give him a little taste of the movies Grandma & Grandpa grew up on. There are so many lessons you can talk through with a youngster after a book like this!
(2017 update: Who else is finding their "verified purchase" tags stripped from their reviews? I purchased 16 Little Golden Books on 3/24/12 during a "4 for 3" promotion Amazon was running... they were $3.99 each, so I paid $47.88 for $63.84 worth of books. My reviews of all 16 books originally carried the "VP" tag. They now have stripped my reviews of that tag, since they've now decided I received a "large discount"! THEY'RE the ones who run these promotions, and they can certainly verify my purchases since they took the money right out of my checking account! So just BEWARE of Amazon's promotions - you don't get credit for what you buy!)