by "C. Collodi" (Carlo Lorenzini)
Pinocchio, the wooden puppet.
Geppetto, the poor Italian beggar.
Harlequin and Punchinello, other puppets.
The Fox and The Cat, swindlers.
Italian beggar Geppetto made a wooden puppet which he named Pinocchio, so he could put up puppet shows. The long-faced puppet became a living thing, ran out of Geppetto’s house and met many adventures outside. Hungry, Pinocchio wandered about; water was poured on him by angry homeowners; his feet got burned when he slept with a brazier full of burning embers for a footstool.
Later, the theater owner gave Pinocchio five gold pieces upon learning that Geppetto, the beggar, was a very poor man. On his way home, Pinocchio met the sly Fox and the cunning Cat and the two induced the puppet to bury his money in he Field of Miracles so it would become 2,000 gold pieces. His money disappeared, and so did the two sly animals. After many more adventures he returned home to Geppetto, and went to sleep after dinner.
The next morning he discovered himself no longer a puppet but a real boy.
Pinocchio, as a novel, carries many moral lessons; to obey the advice of elders; not to listen to get-rich-quick schemes; never to go with bad company; and to be kind and helpful to others. Pinocchio’s many good deeds resulted in his being transformed from a puppet into a real boy.