A wonderfully charming book of folktales, this Italian classic includes the magical tale "The Parrot" as one of its short stories.
The Parrot: (Story) The Parrot is the 15th short story in a collection of 200 Italian folktales titled in English Italian Folktales and in Italian Fiabe Italiane. Published in 1956 by well-known Italian author Italo Calvino (1923-1985), the New York Times chose the collection as one of the best books of that year. The plot is basically this: The king must leave his daughter for a bit but he doesn’t want one of her suitors to take her away while he is gone. He gets a parrot for her to keep her entertained and tell her story after story. At the end, the parrot reveals himself as a prince. Today, there are many different variations of this story. You can see the original story in Italian Folktales, which is still in print today.
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