For me (and for most Americans, certainly), Disney's version is the one I grew up with. What a surprise to read this book and discover that the two stories share only a few similarities. There is a film version which does a better job of sticking to the original story - the fairly recent film by Roberto Benigni (unfortunately, that film is pretty awful, IMO). Since the Disney film is such a part of my childhood, most of this review has taken the form of a comparison between the film and the book. (I didn't intend for this to happen, but that's the way it came out as I was writing it).
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