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Pinocchio Part IV
The fairy flies Pinocchio back home.
The fairy flies Pinocchio back home.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the fourth part of "Pinocchio."

But the field is as empty as before. In the place where he had buried the coins, Pinocchio finds an empty hole. The poor puppet sinks to the ground and cries. If only he had been a good boy and gone straight to the store with his money. Now he has nothing.

Overhead, Pinocchio hears the bird singing again. He looks up to see a beautiful fairy with long blonde hair and feathery wings. "Pinocchio," she says. "If you really want to be a good boy, you will have to obey Geppetto and go to school. If you promise to do these things, I will give you the book you need and take you home."

"Kind fairy, I will do as you say," says Pinocchio. The fairy draws a book out from under her wing and hands it to the grateful puppet. Then she swings Pinocchio onto her back and flies him home.

Geppetto is relieved to see Pinocchio. "You were gone so long!" he says. "Did you go straight to the store?"

Already forgetting his promise to be good, Pinocchio lies. "Yes, Father," he says. Pinocchio's nose grows. It grows straight out the window, and five big crows land on it. Pinocchio cries at the sight and tells Geppetto the truth. "I promise to be good from now on," he adds. At this, his nose shrinks to its original size.

"You are as good to me as a real boy," says Geppetto, hugging the puppet.

The next day Pinocchio walks to school with his new book under his arm. He imagines what he will learn -- letters, words, and numbers spin in his head.

"You look like a smart boy," says a voice from the roadside. Pinocchio turns to see a round man sitting in a donkey cart.

"I am," says Pinocchio. "I am going to school."

"Why go to school if you are smart already?" asks the man. "Come with me, and I'll show you a place where you can do as you please. It's called Playland."

"I don't know," stammers Pinocchio. "I want to be a good boy."

"To be a bad boy you have to break rules. You can't break rules in Playland because there are no rules," says the man. As Pinocchio turns this over in his mind, a bluebird lands on the donkey.

"Don't be foolish! Don't be foolish!" sings the bird.

"Get away!" yells the round man, waving his crop.

"I'm not sure about this," says Pinocchio, as the bird flies away. "But, okay, I'll go."

With one swoop of his pudgy arm, the round man places Pinocchio on the ­donkey's back, and they set off.

Go to the next page to find out what happens at Playland.

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