One day, Geppetto a carpenter began to carve a puppet out of a piece of wood. “I will call this puppet, Pinocchio,” he said, smiling. Geppetto first carved the eyes and nose of the puppet. As soon as he finished carving them, something strange happened. The eyes blinked and the nose twitched! Geppetto was astonished but continued to carve the puppet. To his utter shock, as soon as he finished the puppet, it ran out of the house and into the streets.
Geppetto ran after him, shouting, “Pinocchio! Stop!” However, all his cries went in vain. The little puppet had run off into the city and was busy creating trouble. In fact he had created so many disturbances in the city that Geppetto was jailed.
Later that night, Pinocchio quietly returned home. Just as he closed the door behind him, he saw a large Cricket on the wall. “Who are you and what do you want?” asked Pinocchio. “I’ve come to tell you that boys who disobey their parents are never happy. One day, you will become a donkey,” said the Cricket and went out of the window.
Next morning, Geppetto returned from jail. When Pinocchio saw him, he said, “Father, please forgive me. I will be an obedient boy from now on.” Geppetto forgave Pinocchio. He bought him new books and sent him to school. On the way to school, Pinocchio heard the sound of pipes and drums. After walking on for a few minutes, he saw that many people had gathered in front of the Great Marionette Theater!
At once, Pinocchio forgot all about school and his promise to Geppetto. He sold his school books and bought a ticket to the show. Once inside, Pinocchio saw many puppets like him on the stage. He joined them and entertained the people with his antics. When the show was over, Giovanni, the show’s manager called him. He said, “Pinocchio, give these five gold coins which you have earned to your father.” Pinocchio thanked him and put the coins in his mouth.
On his ways back home, Pinocchio met a wicked, lame Fox and a blind Cat. “Hello, Pinocchio,” said the Fox. “What were you doing at the theatre?” “I was earning money for my old father,” said Pinocchio, proudly. Hearing this, the Fox decided to steal the gold coins from Pinocchio. So he said, “Pinocchio, come with us to the field of wonders and your coins will be doubled!” “Is that so? Then I will go with you,” said a delighted Pinocchio.
So, the trio walked their way on a lonely road. Suddenly, the Cat and the Fox seized Pinocchio. “Give us your money or you are dead,” they threatened. They tried hard to snatch the gold coins and coin they couldn’t they hung him from a tall oak tree and went away. Pinocchio called out loudly for help. Fortunately, his cries were heard by the Blue Fairy who lived nearby. The Fairy rescued Pinocchio and took him to her castle. After a little rest, Pinocchio told her all that had happened.
“Where are the gold coins now?” the Fairy asked. “I lost them,” Pinocchio lied. Immediately, Pinocchio’s nose grew longer! “What is wrong with my nose?” Pinocchio said, panic-stricken. “Your nose has grown longer because you told a lie, Pinocchio,” said the Fairy with a smile. Pinocchio was ashamed. He apologized and begged the Fairy to restore his nose to its original size. The Fairy did so and warned him never to lie again.
Pinocchio thanked the Fairy and returned home. Soon, he joined school and made many friends. One of them was Lamp Wick.
One day, Lamp Wick told Pinocchio about a wonderful place called Toyland. “Toyland has no school and no studies,” he said. “I am going there tonight. Come with me and we will have fun.” Pinocchio was easily persuaded. “Meet me near the bridge at midnight,” Lamp Wick said before he left.
That night when the clock struck twelve, Pinocchio met Lamp Wick near the bridge. Soon a wagon drawn by twelve donkeys stood in front of them. They saw many children sitting inside the wagon. Happily, Lamp Wick and Pinocchio boarded the wagon and it began to move at once. They reached Toyland in the morning. Pinocchio was happy to have to have arrived at Toyland.
Five months passed by. Pinocchio was still in Toyland. One morning, he woke up and found that his ears had changed into a donkey’s ears. He was horrified. He ran to tell Lamp Wick. But Lamp Wick’s ears had changed too! Soon both of them turned into donkeys and started braying. Hearing their brays, the wagon driver came rushing. He took them to the market and sold them to a circus owner. Their new owner taught Pinocchio and Lamp Wick many tricks. One day while performing a trick, Pinocchio fell and became lame.
Now he was of no use to the circus owner. So he sold Pinocchio to a drummer who wanted a donkey’s skin to make a drum. The drummer took Pinocchio to a high cliff. Then, he tied a stone around Pinocchio’s neck, tied his legs and threw him into the sea so that he would die. But when the drummer pulled out the rope, he was shocked. Instead of a dead donkey, a puppet was tied to the rope! “How is it possible?” he said. “It is possible because the fish ate my donkey skin,” replied Pinocchio.
Quickly, Pinocchio untied his legs, waved goodbye to the drummer and jumped into the sea. He was very happy to be himself once again. However Pinocchio’s joy was short lived. Soon he found himself inside the stomach of a huge Shark. “Help! Help!” he cried. “Oh, poor me! Won’t someone come to save me?” But no one answered.
Pinocchio walked further inside the Shark’s stomach. At a distance he saw a ray of light. He walked towards it, and saw Geppetto standing with a flickering candle in his hand. He ran towards Geppetto saying, “Father! I shall never leave you again!”
Geppetto told Pinocchio how the shark had swallowed him while he was sailing in a boat searching for Pinocchio. “Father, I know how to escape out of the Shark’s stomach,” said Pinocchio and led Geppetto to the Shark’s mouth. Now, the Shark suffered from asthma, so it kept its mouth open even when it slept. Once Pinocchio and Geppetto reached the edge of the Shark’s mouth, they dived into the sea. Then, they swam with all their might towards the shore. Soon, they reached the shore and walked towards home.
Five month passed after their great scape from the Shark’s stomach. Pinocchio had changed for the better. He woke baskets of reeds for a living and studied hard in school.
One morning, when Pinocchio woke up, he saw that he had turned into a REAL BOY! He was filled with amazement. At once he ran to Geppetto. “Father, look, I am no longer a puppet! My wish has come true,” said Pinocchio, delighted.