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Pinocchio is proud as he is about to go to school with a satchel across one shoulder and a smile on his face

Pinocchio Story

In a faraway land, a carpenter called Geppetto stumbles across an old well. They decide to throw a coin into the well and make a wish. Back at their workshop, Geppetto is making a puppet named Pinocchio. They admire their work, dancing around the workshop with the puppet, delighted that they've finally finished.
Geppetto practices with his latest creation, a puppet

The clocks strike midnight. Something magical is happening! The Water Sprite from the well appears to grant Geppetto’s wish for a son. They wave their wand and Pinocchio comes to life! The Water Sprite tells him he must prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. With a final flick of their wand Franny the Frog appears, to act as Pinocchio’s friend and guide. The still wooden and clumsy Pinocchio crashes into a wall and wakes Geppetto, who rejoices that their wish has been granted.

The Water Sprite leaps and dances joyfully while Pinocchio looks on in wonder.

The next morning, Geppetto tries to get a mischievous Pinocchio ready to go to the market, giving him a bag of gold coins to buy wood. Geppetto also gives him an apple, telling him not to eat it until lunch. As soon as their back is turned, Pinocchio takes a bite! When he lies to Geppetto about it, he sneezes and feels a tingling in his nose. Geppetto warns him to go straight to the market and not get distracted by anything, and Pinocchio dances out of the house with excitement. 

Two street performers, Phineus the Fox and Camden the Cat, spot Pinocchio on his way down the road. Pinocchio says he is going to the market, but Phineus persuades him that he would have more fun learning to dance with them and becoming a star at the circus. Pinocchio is enchanted at the idea of being famous and agrees to follow them.

Franny the Frog wakes up back in the workshop. Pinocchio is nowhere to be seen so they hop off in search of their friend, hoping nothing has gone wrong. 

At the circus the ringmaster, The Showman, gives Phineus and Camden a bag of gold for finding Pinocchio. With a drum roll, Pinocchio is revealed on stage! He dances an enthusiastic tap dance, then takes a bow. After the show, The Showman locks Pinocchio inside a cage. Pinocchio realises he has been tricked and tries to plead with The Showman, but it is no use.

The Showman shows Pinocchio gleefully on his circus stage.

That night, Franny finds Pinocchio locked in the cage. All hope seems lost, until the Water Sprite magically reappears. Pinocchio is too ashamed to tell them the truth, but each time he tells a lie he sneezes, and his nose grows longer. Franny tries to stop the lies but with no success. The Water Sprite tells Pinocchio that lying is no way to become a real boy. He apologises and begs for forgiveness. The Water Sprite uses their magic to help Pinocchio escape with Franny by his side.

Back at the workshop, Geppetto is worried about their missing puppet. To their relief, Pinocchio and Franny suddenly burst through the door. Pinocchio tells Geppetto the truth and apologises for being led astray. Geppetto forgives him and is proud of Pinocchio for telling the truth. In a final wisp of magic, Pinocchio becomes a real boy and dances joyfully, expressing his love for his parent and best friend. For where there is love and honesty, there is always magic.

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Header illustration by Emily Nuttall.