The story was originally written by Carlo Collodi in 1883. You may have seen the Disney version of this tale which is wonderful but different from the original story in many ways. Another movie version came out in 1996 and is just slightly more traditional though perhaps not quite as charming as Disney's film in my humble opinion.
For this pattern design I mostly plucked the sweetness from the original story and it's many interpretations and left out some of the more dark and bizarre elements found in the original. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy the dark and bizarre elements just as much. I just figured people might not be as interested in stitching up things like menacing, coffin-carrying rabbits and other oddities like that. I probably just convinced half of the readers to go read this story and the other half to never ever pick it up.
If you are entertaining the idea of reading the book, please allow me to recommend this one illustrated in such a captivating way by Sara Fanelli. Finally, I also have to mention the 2002 children's book release of this story illustrated by the one and only Gris Grimly. Would LOVE to get my hands on this but at $40 - $50 I may have to put it on the wish list for now. Or maybe I'll just wait and. watch. the. movie. holy smokes folks - I can't wait!
What I like most about this story is that it touches on the idea that you can make mistakes (everyone does you know) but then make it right again. And, that being a boy is about being courageous, honest and helpful - not about being naughty or rude like some might imply when they sigh "boys will be boys". So, this is my little contribution to the celebration. Thanks Rae and Dana for letting me get in on all the fun!