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Italian Embassy Donates Famed Pinocchio To Zimbabwe

Italian Embassy Donates Famed Pinocchio To Zimbabwe

The Italian embassy on Friday handed over 1 000 books of the popular fairy tale of Pinocchio to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education for distribution to 500 schools from across the country.

The book, The Adventures of Pinocchio, has been translated into Shona and titled just Pinocchio (Pinokiyo), was written by Italian writer Carlo Collodi and was first published as a book in 1883.

The handover occasion was held at the Harare City Library and witnessed by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education acting permanent secretary Gabriel Mhuma and National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) deputy director Josiah Kusena.

Pinocchio —  a translation from the Italian title Le avventure di Pinocchio —  is a classic children’s novel that tells the story of the little puppet who wants to be a real boy and is perhaps best known as the basis for the 1940 Disney film adaption, Pinocchio.

However, Pinocchio is a character by the same name in the book that was carved out of a piece of wood by an old, poor wood-carver named Geppetto.

Pinocchio acts like a human child: he frequently gets into trouble and is often impulsive and mischievous.

When he tells a lie, his nose grows longer, and when he tells the truth, his nose resumes its normal size.

Italian embassy consul and cultural attaché Massimo Amadeo said the book has important moral lessons for children, that disobedience does not pay, telling lies is rarely prudent and that boys who love and take care of their parents will be rewarded.

It has been translated into more than 300 languages, with an English language version first appearing in 1892 and was released under a number of titles.

The book was translated into Shona by Zimbabwe’s own academics, former NACZ director Elvas Mari and writer and educationist Ignatius Mabasa, and illustrated by Antonella Bargione.

More: The Independent


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16 Comments

Pasi Nemhanduuuuuuuu 6 months ago

Pinocchio tingati icharacter yechidhoma here kana kuti chikwambo muShona izere? Ndikanyorawo rangu rinonzi Bhechuludhe kana kuti Tula mungafarira kuti pwere dziverenge?
Ndogona kuitukirwa pano iyi asi pafunge?


Chatunga 6 months ago

Ndomuri kuuya maka lodwa zvirwere imomo muzvima bhuku zvisina basa. Covid yotanga kushura marere toti zvabvepi. Chinonzi Pinocchio chii mubudiriro yeupenyu hwevana very. Nxaaaaaa.


Kkkkk 6 months ago

Kkkkk haa zvakaoma

Cobra King 6 months ago

How can you share 1000copies to 500schools? Share 1000 among 500. Two copies per school. Haaaa am l OK?


Kitsi dzarumana 6 months ago

That's were piracy comes into play #copy.paste.print

Chogu fire03°^∆ 6 months ago

Book iri ranga rangogara riripo pinokiyo aingoitwa even ichiri kunzi ztv hapana kana chinyowanii apaa ...something is behind this donated book.. hakuna kuita kunge gudo rapihwa girazii....


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Black Jack 6 months ago

Mmmmm l would love to get one for myself. Please why do we have to criticise everything. Reading is like a hobby. It teaches, entertain, inform and is stress free. Write yours if its not boring we might read it too.


Mr Kazangula 6 months ago

I would love getting 1 copy for my 3 year old daughter


Mr Kazangula 6 months ago

Thanks for the donation


Oldskool 6 months ago

Pinocchio good book with lessons for both kids and elders. Would love to read it again. Should be an inspiration to local writers.


Chogu fire03°^∆ 6 months ago

We HV many writers in this country many... Wy tht much far Italian people we are differen...


Majingwa Chisorochengwe 6 months ago

We need our own stories. I don't think there will ever be a Shona book that'll be translated to Italian. Nxa


HUYOYEVHUVHUMBWE 6 months ago

Let donates eduwo mabooks ana Taurai naTarisai to Italy
kkk

Munhu 6 months ago

Why not. Dont have an inferiority complex. Vana mbuya Stella Chiweshe vari ku German wani through the promotion of our culture.

Shangwe 6 months ago

Its just a donation🤗

Professor 6 months ago

True truth.


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