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next morning they arrived safely at the seashore.

Pinocchio jumped off the pigeon's back, and the pigeon, not wanting any thanks for a kind deed, flew away swiftly and disappeared.

The shore was full of people who were shrieking and tearing their hair as they looked toward the sea.

“What's happened?” Pinocchio asked a little old woman.

“A poor old father lost his only son some time ago and today he built a tiny boat for himself to go in search of him across the sea. Considering the immensity of the ocean, I don't think he'll ever make it across. Right now the water's very rough and we're afraid the boat will turn over and he'll drown.”

“Where's the boat?”

“There. Straight out there,” answered the little old woman, pointing to a tiny boat floating on the sea.

Pinocchio looked closely for a few seconds. At first the misty waves obscured his view and he saw nothing. Then suddenly he gave a sharp cry: “It's my father! It's my father!”

The little boat, which from the shore looked no bigger than a nutshell, was tossed about by the angry waters. It alternately appeared and disappeared in the waves. Pinocchio, standing on a high rock, waved toward the boat with hand and cap.

It looked as if Geppetto, though far away from shore, recognized his son, for he took off his cap and waved also. He seemed to be trying to make everyone understand that he would come back if he were able, but the sea was so heavy that he couldn't control the careening craft. Suddenly a huge wave came and the boat disappeared.

They waited and waited for it to reappear, but it was gone.

“Poor man!” said a fishermen on the shore, as they turned to go home.

Just then they heard a desperate cry and, looking back, they saw Pinocchio dive into the sea and heard him cry out, “I'll save him! I'll save my father!”

The puppet, being made of wood, floated easily and swam like a fish in the rough water. Now and again he disappeared only to reappear once more. In an instant, he was far away from land. At last he was completely lost to view.

Chapter 20 “The Land of the Busy Bees”

Hoping to find his father in time to save him, Pinocchio swam all night.

And what a horrible night it was! It poured rain, it hailed, it thundered, and the lightning was so bright that it turned the night into day.

At dawn, he saw, not far away, a long stretch of sand. It was an island in the middle of the sea.

Pinocchio tried his best to get there, but he couldn't. The waves tossed him

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