Buratino Russian version of Pinocchio

Buratino is a wooden puppet who finds himself in constant trouble. With the help of his amazing friends like Malvina, Piero and others he is able to outsmart Karabas Barabas, Lisa Alisa and Cat Basilio to uncover the theater that unites them. This story teaches children that friendships and love prevail over evil.
Buratino is the main character of the book, The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino (1936) by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Based on the 1883 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, Buratino originated as a character in the commedia dell'arte. The name Buratino is derived from the Italian burattino, which means wooden puppet or doll. The book was published in 1936, and Buratino quickly became hugely popular among children in the Soviet Union, and remains so to this day. According to Tolstoy, he had read Pinocchio as a child, but having lost the book, he started re-imagining it many years later in an attempt to come up with a series of bedside stories for his own children. The resulting story turned out to be so original and became so loved by the writer's children, that he decided to put it on paper and publish it.
  • Country: Italy / Adapted by Russia
  • Author: Carlo Collodi / Adapted by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy
  • Date Published: 1883 / Adapted in 1936
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