Italian Culture

PINOCCHIO: Storia di un burattino
ISBN: 978-1-937923-05-1

Paola Nastri Francesca Cadel


This 320-page book offers an annotated, original Italian text with accompanying exercises to accelerate language acquisition and sharpen conversational skills through the development of critical thinking and enhanced understanding of Italian culture.

It was developed on the original 1883 edition of Carlo Collodi's Le avventure di Pinocchio.

  • 14 units
  • Pre and post-reading exercises
  • Original Collodi text completely annotated
  • 9 cultural readings
  • 3 sets of review/test exercises
  • Riflessione grammaticale e linguistica for each unit
  • Preface by Rebecca West
“Read the original tale now, and experience the different magic of Collodi's once upon a time tale: more harsh, more dark, more haunting, and more unforgettable than any cartoon version of the persistent puppet.”
Rebecca West
Distinguished Service Professor of Italian Literature
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
“This book is the first to offer a comprehensive and well-structured selection of activities that guide readers of Le aventure di Pinocchio through a detailed analysis of the language and an in-depth understanding of the content of this timeless Italian classic.”
Flavia Laviosa
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Italian Studies
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
“An intelligently annotated reader of Collodi's masterpiece....”
Charles Klopp
Professor Italian
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
“The choice of Le avventure di Pinocchio as an instrument for learning Italian is inspired.”
Maria Rossana Dedola
Classe di Letture e Filosofia
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Pisa, Italy